A 7-month-old boy died of asphyxiation after being wedged between the driver’s seat and a couch inside an RV near Richmond, Va., authorities said.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the boy’s mother, Sabrina Malick, left the baby on the couch in the family’s RV with pillows propped up to hold a bottle in his mouth.
Seven hours later, the boy’s father, Walter Newton, found the boy in the RV. The baby was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
After authorities investigated the infant’s death for the past six months, Richmond police arrested both parents last week.
Malick and Newton are facing charges of second-degree murder and felony child neglect. If convicted, they could face up to 20 years in prison.
Malick’s attorney requested the judge grant his client bond because she was not home when the baby was found unresponsive.
“She was not home when the child was transported to the hospital,” McGarvey said in court. “She left the child in the care of her husband.”
Judge Joi Jeter Taylor ultimately denied Malick bond and ruled she was a flight risk and should remain in custody.
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