Sun. Nov 26th, 2023
Couple Charged After Toddler Dies

A mom and her boyfriend have been charged with homicide after they left their 3-year-old twins alone at residence for eight hours, resulting in the demise of certainly one of them, police stated.

The Gainesville Police Division stated the sufferer’s mom, Donrea A. McLaughlin, 22, and the mom’s boyfriend, Sean D. Lee, 26, every faces expenses of felony homicide, two counts of kid abuse and two counts of kid neglect. In an announcement on Friday.

Police didn’t say how the little woman died, however stated the investigation revealed a “lengthy historical past of abuse and neglect,” which contributed to the little woman’s demise and brought on accidents to the surviving twin, based on GPD.

A couple is charged after the death of their young child
Police stated Donrea A. McLaughlin (left) and Sean D. Lee faces homicide expenses after their 3-year-old daughter died after being left residence alone along with her twins.
Gainesville Police Division

Newsweek GPD was reached through electronic mail Sunday for remark and extra data.

GPD started investigating on September 1 after police and EMS responded to a name concerning an “unresponsive” 3-year-old woman at a residence on Northwest forty third Road in Gainesville, Florida.

The sufferer was taken to the hospital the place she was later pronounced lifeless, GPD stated within the assertion posted on the division’s Fb web page.

Throughout the preliminary investigation, McLaughlin informed police she discovered the kid “not respiration,” after she had taken a nap and Lee woke her up a number of hours later.

GPD investigators decided that McLaughlin and Lee left the sufferer and her twins alone within the residence for about 8 hours, police stated.

Each McLaughlin and Lee went to work and didn’t prepare childcare for the youthful kids, GPD stated, including that the 3-year-olds weren’t checked on in any respect whereas the couple was out. After returning residence hours later, McLaughlin and Lee discovered the sufferer unresponsive.

“Additional investigation revealed a protracted historical past of abuse and neglect, which contributed to the demise of 1 sibling and the damage of the opposite,” GPD stated. “The surviving brother acquired therapy at a close-by hospital on the evening of the reported incident.”

GPD investigators consider the couple started abusing the dual ladies earlier than the household moved to Gainesville in April, based on native media.

“After the deceased sufferer went to the hospital, the opposite brother was instantly seen by medical doctors. She was medically evaluated. When she was medically evaluated, there have been some indicators of abuse,” GPD Detective Ranisha Johnson informed native station WCJB.

In some unspecified time in the future throughout the investigation, McLaughlin and Lee left their condominium in Gainesville and “escaped” to Atlanta, Georgia, the place that they had beforehand resided, GPD stated.

GPD investigators, Alachua County warrant investigators, and the US Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Activity Drive labored collectively to coordinate the arrest of McLaughlin and Lee in Atlanta. Extra particulars about their arrest, together with the date, weren’t shared by GPD at press time.

The Georgia couple might be extradited to the Alachua County Jail pending additional court docket proceedings, GPD stated. Their bonds have been set at $4,500,000 every.

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