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Parents Charged With Murder For Allegedly Starving 3-Month Old Baby To Death

Caylin Opal Marie Monroe and Jakob Chance Scott have been charged with murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death for the death of their 3-month-old son Silas Scott.

By Gina Tron
Parents Accused Of Starving Baby To Death

A pair of Indiana parents have been charged with murder for allegedly starving their 2-month-old son to death.

On Tuesday morning, investigators arrested Caylin Opal Marie Monroe, 23, and Jakob Chance Scott, 22, for murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death, according to a press release from the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives began investigating the parents in February after responding to their Boonville home in “reference to an unresponsive infant.” 

“Upon arrival, medical units determined the infant was deceased,” the press release stated.

Police handouts of Jakob Scott and Caylin Monroe

Investigators say that the baby, Silas Scott, died of starvation, WFIE reports. His obituary states the he was about 3 months old and that “passed away” at home.  The child had three siblings. The obituary said the boy, whose full name was Silas Chance-Kent Scott, died one day after Valentine’s Day. His nickname was “Shuggie Bear.”

Both Scott and Monroe have been booked in the Warrick County Jail with no bond. It‘s not clear if they have lawyers.

“As the investigation continued, investigators gathered enough information to submit the case for review by the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office,” the sheriff's office press release states. "The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Warrick County Coroner, Warrick County EMS, the Boonville Fire Department, and the Indiana Department of Child Services.”

One month before Silas died, his parents pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of marijuana, court records obtained by Law&Crime show. A juvenile paternity case is also active regarding two of Monroe’s children, according to the outlet.