Indiana Parents Arrested After Newborn Boy Dies In Care Of Mother Ordered Not To Be Around Him, Police Say

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Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

Jun. 9 2022, Published 4:32 p.m. ET

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An Indiana couple face a murder charge after their nearly two-week-old baby stopped breathing, authorities said.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on June 8, Evansville police were called to the home of Taylor Smith and Timothy Wilson about their newborn baby, Wade Wilson, who had stopped breathing, WFIE reported.

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Evansville Police Assistant Chief Philip Smith said when officers arrived at the residence, emergency responders “were already on scene, attempting life-saving measures.”

Despite their efforts, the police chief said, the baby could not be revived.

According to police, detectives allegedly found narcotics and drug paraphernalia at the couple’s home.

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The mother claimed to detectives that she fell asleep around 2 a.m. and later woke up with the child beneath her, police said.

According to authorities, the infant’s father told investigators that the Department of Child Services had prohibited Taylor Smith from having contact with her baby boy.

“They made a determination as a family to disobey that order,” Chief Smith said. “That was probably not the best course of action as we now know we have a child that’s no longer with us.”

Police obtained a warrant and arrested the parents on a charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.


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