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Parents arrested after malnutrition believed to be cause of baby's death

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Denise J Snow-Ingram; Ernest G Ingram Denise J Snow-Ingram; Ernest G Ingram

Phoenix Police arrested two parents while investigating the death of their 15-month-old child.

Wednesday morning about 10 a.m., officers responded to a home in the 700 block of West Coolidge on reports of a child not breathing.

The girl was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital and later died.

Police say the death is suspicious and they suspect child abuse. The child weighed less than 9 pounds when she arrived at the hospital, Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said. She was suffering from "profound malnutrition" and had numerous fractures of the ribs and extremities.

The girl's parents, 38-year-olds Denise J Snow-Ingram and Ernest G Ingram, told detectives they were the child's only caregivers. The child had never been seen by a doctor since birth, due to the religious beliefs of her parents.

"We did detain the two parents, sole caregivers of the child, and they have indicated they thought she was developmentally slow," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.

The couple was arrested and booked into jail for child abuse.

"It's shocking to discover that there was something like this going on underneath our own noses and none of us knew about it," said neighbor Slade Grove.

"There were seven kids living in the house, never allowed to come out and play, never allowed to do anything, never outside," said neighbor John Donohu.

Six other children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old have been removed from the home and turned over to CPS. The investigation is ongoing.

A healthy female baby of 15-months should weigh about 24 pounds.

"This is not an accidental death, this is something where these kids needed help and were not given help they needed, and its disgusting to think that this child could have been alive had something been done," said Donohu.

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