Criminal Defense: A 1-month-old infant was found dead in a home over the summer. A Georgia couple is now faced with state criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter, after authorities reportedly determined the baby suffocated while in their care. They have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, both serious criminal charges.
Authorities were dispatched to the home back in June after the infant was found unconscious. According to reports, the baby died while sharing a bed with the couple. Upon further investigation, authorities allegedly discovered that both of them were high on meth and waited over half an hour to call for emergency help. An autopsy was performed and it was revealed that the infant died from asphyxia as a result of the sleep environment. A criminal defense attorney will have to be secured in order to combat these charges.
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The male suspect supposedly consented to a blood sample with showed that there were traces of marijuana and he tested positive for meth. Witnesses reportedly informed officers that after the child was discovered to be unconscious, both of them continued to use meth even after the infant was dead. The suspects are being held at a county jail.
Being arrested for any type of murder charge is undoubtedly a frightening experience for defendants. Many defendants who are accused of killing an infant are likely to face harsher sentences if convicted. However, regardless of what the state criminal charges are, the defendants have the fight to a fair trial in a Georgia criminal courtroom in front of a jury of their peers. All defendants have the right to be presumed innocent unless proved guilty.
Source: First Coast News, “Georgia couple charged in baby’s death”, , Sept. 3, 2014