A Georgia couple has been arrested after their baby daughter died in a motel room that police described a unsuitable for children.
Jonathan Pruitt, 27, and Kaleigh Pruitt, 25, have each been charged with three counts of depravation of a minor and their two remaining children have been placed in protective custody, according to WRBL.
The Pruitts and their children had been living in a room at the Town and Country Motel in LaGrange, Georgia, for about a week when police were called for what sounded like a fight on Jan. 3.
"The ruckus that was being heard, was that they were digging around trying to find their cellphones," Sgt. Robert Kirby told WRBL. "They couldn't find their cellphones to call 911, so they were throwing things around trying to find the cellphone."
The Pruitts were desperately searching for their phones because their youngest child, a 3-month-old girl had stopped breathing. After police arrived, they realized the conditions in the room may have contributed to the girl's death.
"There was a lot of clutter and filth I would say, and I think they'd been there for about a week maybe," said Kirby. "But there was a lot of clutter and filth in that room for one week, I would think. Again, just conditions were not suitable for children in the room."
The baby girl was pronounced dead. Authorities will perform an autopsy to confirm cause of death. Police do not believe the Pruitts were physically abusing their daughter.
"I responded to the scene and didn't see any evidence of any physical abuse or anything like that," Kirby said, according to WAGA.
The Pruitts have not been charged with their daughter's death. Once police receive the girl's autopsy report, more charges may be added.
"The death and the deplorable conditions may or may not be related," Kirby told WRBL. "We don't know that yet, that's why we're counting on the autopsy."
Kirby added that he takes no joy in separating the Pruitts from their two remaining children, but it must be done for the children's safety.
"Its always sad for the police department or for DFCS to have to take children away from their parents, but sometimes that's the best answer to ensure the children are kept safe," Kirby said.
Jonathan remains in jail. Kaleigh has been released after posting bail.
"It's a sad situation," Kirby told WRBL. "The entire story is a sad siuation."