A MAN and his girlfriend in Indiana have been charged with murder and neglect of a dependent after the man’s four-year-old son died, weighing just 25 pounds.
Darien Davis died from dehydration, malnutrition and neglect, an autopsy found.
Darien Davis was just 25 pounds when he died[/caption]
Jacob Davis, 28, and his girlfriend Michelle Key, 34, were arrested this week after Davis’ son Darien was found dead in their mobile home at 300 block of Glenwood Drive, in New Castle.
One of the boy’s eyes was swollen shut, the autopsy also noted, and there was bruising all over his body.
Davis called police officials to the couple’s home after he said he had found the boy unresponsive in the living room.
On arrival, an officer performed CPR on the child, the Indy Channel reported.
Jacob Davis, Darien’s father, called the police[/caption]
His girlfriend Michelle Key has also been charged with murder and neglect[/caption]
Darien’s body was covered in bruises, the autopsy found[/caption]
However medics determined Darien had already been dead some time.
Investigators found the mobile home to be in poor condition, with “numerous amounts of cat and dog feces throughout the trailer,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
Authorities described the boy as “extremely pale, extremely thin to the point his knees were extremely large when compared to the legs”, Fox59 reported.
He also had “cuts, abrasions, and bruising over most of his body. Most notable was a cut over his right eye and the eye appeared swollen shut.”
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Four other children lived there with Davis and Key.
The pair appeared in court this week to plead not guilty to the charges.
Their next court hearing is in August and a trial has been set for September.