A mother of three is facing charges of neglect for leaving her infant alone with his siblings as he was suffering from Covid and died (Pictures: Google/Police)
A mother of three is facing charges of neglect after allegedly leaving her three-month-old sick with Covid in the care of her nine-year-old son for hours before the infant died from the virus.
Madelissa Flores, a 26-year-old mother from Indianapolis, Indiana, was arrested last week on neglect of a dependent and neglect of a dependent resulting in a catastrophic injury charges. The four felony charges stem from November 28, when Flores left her youngest child in the care of her nine-year-old while the baby boy was suffering from the coronavirus.
An autopsy of the infant revealed he had blood in his lungs when he died of Covid complications.
Police were called on November 28 to the family home for a wellness check, and arrived to find a bystander performing CPR on the infant outside the residence. A police officer took over CPR until paramedics arrived.
When emergency medical services arrived they reported that the infant was making ‘jerking movements with his arms,’ and was still breathing and vomiting, according to WFLA. The infant was taken to a children’s hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead hours later.
Detectives that searched the home found it to be ‘filthy and in disarray.’
‘There was no electricity in the home, there were no working lights or appliances in the home, the floor was littered with dirty diapers and trash, open and rotting food was left out, there were multiple bottles of alcohol left in the open, there was a bottle of antifreeze on the floor, the home had cluttered sleeping spaces, there was no food in the refrigerator and there was a foul odor in the residence,’ court documents stated.
One neighbor’s son had gone over to the home to play with the 9-year-old boy the day before and had come home to tell his mom that the nine-year-old, three-month-old and seven-year-old siblings were left alone. The neighbor had her son bring the children over so she could feed and change the infant. Both the neighbor and her 17-year-old daughter told authorities that the infant had ‘noisy and labored breathing with a cough and that he had difficulty breathing when laid flat on his back.’
The children stayed at the neighbor’s home from 8pm until 2am when their mother returned home and knocked on their door looking for her children. The neighbor told police she saw the mother leave the children alone again the following morning.
There were several previous complaints made to the Department of Child Services in 2020 and 2021 alleging that Flores was leaving her children at home for hours at a time and that the nine-year-old was frequently taking care of the baby.
The complaints also claimed all three siblings were sharing a bed, there was no food or electricity in the home, that the home had issues with rodent infestations, the children often went to neighbors’ houses for food and the children were not attending school.
Flores was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in catastrophic injury.
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Original Post: metro.co.uk