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Baby Born And For Two Days The Parents Didn't Seek Medical Care, Police Said. Now, They Face Criminal Charges

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Source: Sumter police

Aug. 13 2022, Published 11:13 a.m. ET

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Two parents face charges for not seeking medical attention for their newborn, leading to the child’s death, according to police.

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Earlier this month, police in Sumter, South Carolina, arrested Brandon Sean Hostetler, 21, and Melissa Nicole Bautch, 21, in connection to the death of their newborn.

On July 31, police responded to an apartment after a woman said she gave birth, prematurely, two days earlier. She claimed the infant was unresponsive at the time of birth, according to police.

The woman was identified as Bautch.

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Hostetler was not home at the time of the birth but was told about it and returned to the apartment, police said.

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Neither parent sought medical care or notified first responders, police said.

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Health experts said the newborn was full-term when born and remained alive for some time after birth, according to police.

Bautch was charged with homicide by child neglect and Hostetler was charged with unlawful neglect.


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