A baby died of starvation in Oregon, and his parents have since been arrested and charged in his death. According to Oregon Live, 26-year-old Stephen Michael Williams Jr. and 21-year-old Amanda Marie Hancock are being held accountable for the death of the 7-week-old baby boy.
“A probable-cause affidavit filed by deputies says the parents told investigators they did pornography, which involved the mother self-lactating while others paid to watch online. The two also said they fed the baby milk but never took him to a doctor, despite signs he was losing weight,” reports Oregon Live.
The baby died of starvation, according to an autopsy. The Oregon couple reportedly called for help when the baby was unresponsive last month. They were not arrested until the autopsy results showed that the child had been abused/neglected. The couple was arraigned on Wednesday. According to Yahoo! News, neither Williams nor Hancock entered a plea. The couple was assigned a court-appointed attorney, and will both be in court next week.
“The charging document says the couple showed extreme indifference to human life in causing Data Toria Hancock’s death by failing to provide him adequate food and medical care,” reports Yahoo! News.
Williams and Hancock also have a 2-year-old son together. The child has been placed in child protective services for the time being. The couple openly admitted that they didn’t go to any doctor appointments, and didn’t participate in any sort of prenatal care before their baby was born. Although it is believed that Data (their son) was born in a hospital, and was well enough to go home, it’s now clear that his parents didn’t take proper care of him.
Sadly, this isn’t the only news reports about a baby being starved to death. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a 21-year-old mother was arrested and charged in the death of her 2-month-old, who also died of starvation last year.
“The baby, Anakin Leroy-Michael Wiest, was found unresponsive in his bed on April 8, 2014. Brittany and her live-in boyfriend, who is not the baby’s father, called 911 after discovering that the baby was unresponsive,” the Inquisitr reports.
The young mother reportedly had no idea what had happened to her infant, who weighed less than five pounds when she died. The baby was also severely dehydrated.
Most people agree that these parents should absolutely be charged with murder… do you?
[Photo courtesy of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office via Oregon Live]