A couple has been arrested in connection with the murder of their infant child, who died from malnourishment, police said.
Angel Toran, 22, and her fiancé Ny’Jier Murphy, 24, were charged with murder by abuse or neglect and other counts in connection to the case, according to Delaware State Police.
On Oct. 10, 2021, Delaware State Police responded to Toran and Murphy’s home in Magnolia, Delaware, with the Division of Family Services to check on the welfare of an infant.
Family services received information that an infant possibly died at the home and the death was unreported to authorities, according to Delaware State Police.
When troopers initially arrived at the residence, Toran and Murphy were not home but soon returned.
Police determined that Toran gave birth at home to a girl in April 2021, and the child’s birth was never reported to the state.
In mid-September, the baby died at 5 months old, according to Delaware State Police. The baby was buried on the property.
The infant’s body was exhumed from the property and given an autopsy, police noted.
The autopsy determined the infant was severely malnourished and died to medical issues associated with the condition, according to Delaware State Police.
The Attorney General’s Office approved charges for both Toran and Murphy, and arrest warrants were issued.
On Feb. 10, Toran and Murphy went to Delaware State Police as part of the investigation.
As Murphy was notified of his arrest warrant by troopers, he resisted arrest and was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Toran was arrested without incident.
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