Infant Dies After Parents Feed Her Diet Of Water, Occasional Cereal

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A Barrington, Ill. couple was charged on Friday with starving their infant daughter to death. The parents, Gene Edwards and Markisha Jones, are now in jail, with their individual bail bonds set at $250,000 each.

Edwards and Jones called Barrington Police on January 8 after finding their seven-month-old baby Mya dead in their home. Police noticed the child looked extremely malnourished at the time, but waited until the toxicology report came back to rule a cause of death.

The report came back last week, and police announced on Friday that Mya died of malnutrition from starvation. Mya’s twin sister was malnourished as well, though she is alive and now in foster care.

During their investigation, Barrington police discovered Edwards and Jones kept their young daughters in a cold, unfinished basement with only a space heater to keep them warm. The couple admitted they stopped buying baby food and opted to feed their children water and some occasional cereal instead. They told police they had not taken their children to the doctor since shortly after they were born.

When the police announced Mya’s cause of death, they also announced the charges being filed against the couple. Both Edwards and Jones are charged with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. 

Sources: Barrington-Courier Review, Mail Online