Authorities are investigating the death of a 1-month-old baby boy and believe that the parents' gross neglect was to blame. According to WFTV, investigators believe that the newborn from Cocoa, Florida died because his parents didn't check in on him for six hours.
The mother, 19-year-old Superiah Campbell, and the father, 21-year-old Cameron Dowden, have both been charged with manslaughter in the death of their son Cameron Dowden Jr.
On May 10, authorities responded to a 911 call from the parents, who said the newborn wasn't breathing. The Orlando Sentinel reports emergency personnel arrived on scene to find the infant unresponsive in his crib
The Medical Examiner's Office hasn't released cause of death but investigators believe the pillows and blankets surrounding the child could have suffocated him.
Police say they have evidence the parents neglected the child and believe the child was not checked on for at least six hours. “By failing to check on the child for over six hours, the defendants consciously did an act, or followed a course of conduct that they must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily harm,” Cocoa Police Department Detective Debra Titkanich said in an affidavit. “Both parents showed a reckless disregard for human life.”
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