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Parents Arrested For Starving Death Of Infant Girl (Photos)

| by Michael Howard

A couple in North Carolina were arrested five months after their 6-month-old daughter died of starvation and dehydration.

Brianna Nelson, 26, and Joshua Gonzalez, 25, were booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center on June 21. Both have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Nelson and Gonzalez were both released on a $50,000 unsecured bond and were due in court June 22, according to WTVD.

On Jan. 29, Fayetteville police were called to an apartment owned by Nelson and Gonzalez. When they arrived they found the couple's 6-month old daughter, Solana Gonzalez, unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Solana's body was sent to the medical examiner's office, where an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.

It took five months, but the infant was eventually discovered to have been starved to death.

"This past week, detectives received information from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Autopsy Report that the infant died as a result of starvation and dehydration," police wrote in a statement.

Nelson and Gonzalez were arrested days later.

Neighbors recalled seeing the baby but said they never had reason to suspect that anything was wrong.

In April, a Texas woman was sentenced to life in prison after she pleaded guilty to starving her infant son to death in December 2014.

Princess White testified during her trial that she had been struggling to raise her three children and didn’t have the resources to properly care for her baby, according to WFAA. The court was not convinced, with the prosecution pointing out that White neglected to make use of available services and benefits.

"She could have taken advantage of support but she didn’t and she lied when confronted about it," prosecutor Eren Price said. "I argued [that] her lies showed us ... the starvation was intentional. She knew what she was doing and it was not mistake at all."

Price added that the child was emaciated at the time of his death.

"It was horrific," she said. "The detective described being able to see every bone in his body through his skin. He had no muscle tone."

During sentencing, District Judge Theresa Hawthorne condemned White for allowing her infant child to suffer. She also scolded White's family, some of whom were living in the same apartment as White, for failing to intervene.

Sources: WTVD, WNCN, WFAA / Photo credit: Pixabay, Fayetteville Police Department via WNCN, Ildar Sagdejev/Wikimedia Commons

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