Couple arrested after 7-week-old baby dies of starvation

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Southern Oregon couple has been arrested on charges of murder by abuse after an autopsy determined their 7-week-old baby boy died of starvation.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday that 27-year-old Stephen Williams Jr. and 22-year-old Amanda Hancock were arrested Tuesday at their home in Glendale.

Deputies say an ambulance was called to their home Jan. 22 to treat an infant in distress, but efforts to revive the baby were not successful.

Authorities say an autopsy was done at the state medical examiner’s office, and it determined that the baby, Data Hancock, had died of starvation.

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4 comments

  • JMG

    This baby is safe in the arms of Jesus. As for the ‘parents’ they deserve to be starved the way their baby was. Toss them in a cell and forget about them.

  • Nila Atkins

    The News Review paper in Roseburg had reported that the local Police had been investigating this couple for a month. Why did they not act before this child’s death? This child would still be alive if they had. Horrible Police work. The parents need to recieve life in prison instead of the 25 years that they were sentenced. Our social services are inadaquate and so is the local law enforcement. It seems that they have forgotten the motto to protect and serve. We have a severely depressed father who takes not only his life but his seven mo old as well. It is just sad that no one was able to help either this father or the child.

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