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Two Child Neglect Cases In Richmond, Including One Involving Dead Baby

Two parents arrested, two others under investigation

2/7/2012

Police in Richmond are working two cases of child neglect, including one in which a baby was found dead.

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Richmond Police Captain Jim Branum says officers and EMS were called to a house Monday night in response to a report of an unresponsive four-month-old.

"That child was found to be deceased, and we are currently conducting an investigation into that child's death," Branum says.

Three other children and the parents of the kids were all home at the time, but Branum says police are looking into whether some sort of neglect was involved in the child's death.

"An autopsy was conducted yesterday. We're not ready to release the results yet. We have two detectives assigned to the investigaion, and it's moving forward," Branum says. 

No charges have been filed as of yet.

In a separate case, Branum says Richmond police got a call of two children home alone over the weekend.

"While officers were at that house checking on those kids, another officer came upon a domestic dispute between a male and female which turned out to the parents from the house the other officers were on," Branum says.

Arrested were Jessica Crane and James Oakes, both 22, who had been arguing at a gas station about a block from their house. They were charged with neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found syringes inside a bedroom of the house.

The children in the weekend case, an infant and a toddler, are in protective custody.

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