Photos: Couple Charged With First-Degree Murder After Neglecting Hungry Baby In Car Seat To Die

December 31, 2014 5:47 pm

A couple, Ruby Stephens, 23, and Roy Stephens, 48, of
Indiana have been charged with first-degree murder for neglecting their
22-day-old baby to die of hunger while strapped in her car seat at the back of
their car while they went in to eat at a Florida restaurant.

The mother who came out hours later to check the baby, found
out she was completely unresponsive and cold to the touch and called 911.
The police later arrested the couple and the mother
confessed she had strictly breastfed the baby every two-three hours on their
long trip to Florida. 

A medical examiner who later determined the death of the
baby sad it was a homicide resulting from starvation due to neglect. The baby
had been dead for more than three hours before the parents took notice and
called for help.
An autopsy found Betsey weighed only 4lbs 1 ounce at death,
having shed about 2lbs since her birth. Normal weight for her age was about
8lbs, the medical examiner’s office said.
The baby was also dehydrated and appeared not to have been
fed for six to seven hours prior to her death, the medical examiner also
confirmed.
The mother however said, her husband whom she already has
two kids for was not the biological father and had not paid much attention to
her from birth. The obvious infidelity and subsequent pregnancy created a
strain on the marriage, she said.

The couple were also traveling with their 1-year-old son and
2-year-old daughter. They both appeared healthy and have been taken into
protective custody.
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