A South Carolina couple has been arrested across state lines in North Carolina and charged with the May death of their 5-month-old baby, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.
Natricia Wright, 21, and Shederick Gallman, 22, “committed homicide by child abuse and/or neglect” between December 4, 2019, and May 20, 2020, when the infant boy was found dead at a home in Eureka Mill, WBTV reported quoting the arrest warrant.
“The death occurred under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life by failing to provide adequate food, or health care resulting in the child suffering chronic malnutrition,” the arrest warrant says.
Emergency medical personnel responded to a 911 call on the morning of May 20 seeking assistance for an unconscious child. EMS pronounced the boy dead at the scene.
Chester County deputies were assisted by the State Law Enforcement Division in the investigation, which included executing a search warrant at the home.
”It’s always tragic to hear about the passing of a child. We’re definitely very saddened and our thoughts and prayers go out to these families during this time,” sheriff’s office spokesman Grant Suskin.
The parents are currently awaiting extradition to Chester County at the Union County, North Carolina, Detention Center following their arrest on Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.
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[Featured image: Shederick Gallman and Neticia Wright/Chester County Sheriff’s Office]