Parents of malnourished infant told Oklahoma City police they forgot to feed the child
The parents of a malnourished 3-month-old girl who died Sunday told police they forgot to feed the girl on numerous occasions, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Nicole Soto was unresponsive when taken to a hospital Sunday and was pronounced dead about 9:30 a.m. because of starvation, according to the affidavit.
Her parents, Alysha Marie Anderson, 19, and Miguel Antonio Soto, 20, were arrested on three complaints of child neglect. One of the complaints has been amended to murder.
A doctor told police the baby appeared to be a victim of neglect and weighed only 3 pounds. Medical staff said she weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces at birth and did not have any medical problems.
A police detective wrote in the affidavit that the baby “looked like a frail skeleton” with no body fat, according to the affidavit.
Miguel Soto told police he was the caregiver for Nicole and his other two children during the day while Anderson was at work. He said they noticed the infant wasn't gaining weight, so they decided to mix baby formula with breast milk to get her to eat.
He told officers he sometimes forgot to feed her during the day because he oversleeps from working night shifts.
When a detective told Soto the girl had starved to death, he said, “I killed my baby,” according to the affidavit.
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Police said the couple's two other children, a 22-month-old girl and 3-year-old boy, were taken into protective custody. At the hospital, officers said the children appeared unkempt.
During a search of the couple's apartment at 1656 SW 15, an investigator found that the home was filthy and infested with roaches. The bed sheets for the children were covered in filth and heavily stained, police said.
Officers also found rotting food in the refrigerator and one broken baby bottle in the home, according to the affidavit.
Anderson told police she knew her daughter was losing weight and thought she needed to go to the hospital. She told officers that she made several appointments for her daughter but didn't take the infant to a doctor until she discovered that she wasn't breathing Sunday.
According to the affidavit, Anderson told officers there have been numerous times when she forgot to feed her daughter and is responsible for her death.
She also told police she smokes marijuana on a daily basis.
Soto told investigators they both smoke marijuana in the front yard of their apartment.
Both are being held in the Oklahoma County jail. Police said Soto is a known gang member, court records show.
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