July 19, 2010

Charles And Ashley Gordon - Charged With Starving 9-Month-Old Baby To Death

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (The Weekly Vice) - Charles Lewis Gordon IV, 29, and his wife, Ashley Nicole Gordon, 26, were charged Friday after they allegedly starved their 9-month-old baby to death.

According to Mount Pleasant police, officers were called to the couple's apartment in June after one of the baby's older siblings found the child unresponsive in his crib.

When officers arrived at the scene, they they found the child's room in disarray. Piles of urine soaked blankets and multiple bottles of sour milk where found in the baby's crib.

Baby Andrew was transported to East Cooper Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say say the child's official cause of death was marasmus, a condition caused by malnutrition or starvation.

At birth, the child weighed a healthy 8 pounds 4 ounces, but at the time of his death, he weighed just 6 pounds 9 ounces.

Investigators say the last time baby Andrew was seen by a medical professional was at the time of his birth.

The Gordon's attorney, however, claims that the allegations are false and that the child was very well cared.

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon were booked into jail and charged with homicide by child abuse. They are being held without bond. If convicted, they could face 20 years to life in prison.

The couples two other children, who appear to be healthy, have been placed with social services.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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