Phoenix police investigate 'suspicious' death of 15-month-old baby

PHOENIX - Phoenix police say they are investigating the "suspicious" death of a young girl.

Sgt. Trent Crump said that on Wednesday around 10 a.m. officers responded to a call of a 15-month-old baby not breathing at a home near Camelback Road and 7th Avenue.

Crump said the girl was transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital where she later died. 

Authorities said the child weighed less than nine pounds when she arrived at the hospital.

The little girl was suffering from "profound malnutrition" and there were no signs she was being treated for this condition. The child also had numerous fractures to her ribs and extremities, possibly due to malnutrition, Crump said.

The child's parents Denise and Ernest Ingram, both 38 years old, told police they had been her only caregivers since she was born. The child had apparently not been seen by a doctor since birth due to the religious beliefs of her parents. Her parents said they believed the girl's developmental stages were "a little slow."

"I heard there was a deceased baby," said John Donohue. He stopped by to check on his mom, and found police camping out on her street. When he started to think about it, he says he put two and two together.

"From what I've heard, the gentleman that lived there, there were seven kids or so in a really small apartment, and none of the kids were allowed out. I don't know if maybe it's an accident, but at this point, having that many kids in the house and never seeing them, leads me to believe there's something going on," he said.

Crump said both parents were taken to police headquarters for questioning and are being booked for child abuse. Their names are not being released at this time.

Six other children ranging in age from 3 to 12 years were removed from the home and placed in CPS custody.

Crump said the investigation is ongoing at this time.

 

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