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Baby who lost weight since birth found dead in squalid, feces-covered home; two weeks after police called for welfare check

There were calls made about the home in the months leading to the baby’s death, including two calls from a property manager to report suspected neglect

An extremely malnourished infant was found dead in a Milwaukee home just two weeks after a police officer had been called for a welfare check.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, a three-month old infant boy was found dead in the home on March 29. According to court records obtained by the news outlet, the infant was malnourished and dehyrated with scratches and burns on his body.

According to the report, the infant weighed just over 7 pounds at the time of this death, a pound and a half less than his weight when he was born in December. The home reportedly did not have a working furnace, and was described as squalid, with feces, garbage, and food covering the floors.

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The baby’s mother, 32-year-old Shantoria K. Williams, is facing a felony count of chronic child neglect. The specific cause of death is pending, and it is not yet known if Williams is expected to be charged with additional crimes.

A criminal complaint filed in connection to the infant’s deaths shows that the home was the subject of eight emergency and non-emergency calls, including a welfare check in mid-March. In two cases, a property manager called to report suspect child neglect after a maintenance worker witnessed the conditions of the home.

A police spokesperson told the news outlet that authorities were reviewing the incidents connected to the home in the months leading to the child’s death, and said it was not yet known what transpired during the most recent welfare check.

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