Authorities indicted a Maryland woman and her boyfriend last Thursday for the death of her infant daughter after detectives determined the infant’s death occurred after severe abuse.
A Carroll County grand jury indicted Ashley Davis, 23, and her boyfriend, Tyler Tennant, 28, August 31 on a slew of charges related to the death of 7-week-old Sophia Davis. Police arrested Davis on Saturday, and Tennant was arrested on Wednesday, according to WBAL.
According to prosecutors, the “lengthy and complex investigation regarding the death of this child” started in January 2016, after Davis called 911 to report that her premature infant was “tensing up,” having breathing difficulties, and going through hyperventilation, Fox Baltimore reports.
Emergency responders transported the infant to Carroll Hospital Center on January 4, then transferred her to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital shortly after.
On January 7, 2016, physicians took the baby off of life support. The medical examiner ruled Sophia Davis’ death a homicide.
According to prosecutors, evidence shows that the infant was abused, and her mother waited several days to seek out medical assistance after it was needed.
Court documents indicate that authorities charged Davis with second-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, manslaughter, and conspiracy. Tennant faces charges of child abuse resulting in death, conspiracy, and manslaughter.
The Carroll County Times reports that Davis is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center without bond as she awaits a bail review. Tennant is being held on a $250,000 bond, though the State asked that he be held without bond.
[Feature Photo: Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office]