Two Arizona parents have been arrested by Phoenix Police in connection with the death of their 15-month-old daughter.
Officers received a call about a child not breathing and after responding rushed the girl to Phoenix Children's Hospital where she later died. The parents, Denise Snow and Ernest Ingram, both 38, told police they were the girl’s only caregivers and that she had never been seen by a doctor after being born because of their religious beliefs. When the child died at the hospital, she weighed nine pounds. The Ingrams have been charged with child abuse, My Fox Phoenix reported.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said the girl was suffering from "profound malnutrition" and had numerous fractures of the ribs.
"We did detain the two parents, sole caregivers of the child, and they have indicated they thought she was developmentally slow," Crump said.
"It's shocking to discover that there was something like this going on underneath our own noses and none of us knew about it," said neighbor Slade Grove.
Another neighbor also weighed in.
"There were seven kids living in the house, never allowed to come out and play, never allowed to do anything, never outside," said John Donohu.
Six other children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old have been removed from the couple’s home and are now in the care of Child Protective Services.
"This is not an accidental death, this is something where these kids needed help and were not given help they needed, and its disgusting to think that this child could have been alive had something been done," Donohu said.