A heartless Florida couple is going through a slew of fees for severely neglecting three children — together with one in every of who died final summer time, authorities stated.
Ashley Marie Ferguson, 33, and Matthew Aaron Ferguson, 34, had been arrested Thursday, months after deputies responded to their Clearwater dwelling and located an unresponsive baby on July 12, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Investigators stated the kid was found in a bed room by Ashley Ferguson, who referred to as paramedics who later pronounced the kid lifeless, deputies stated.
A subsequent investigation allegedly revealed that the three juvenile victims had been malnourished, left unattended for lengthy intervals of time and didn’t obtain satisfactory medical care.
The youngsters — whose identities and ages weren’t launched as per state regulation — additionally had bedsores, diaper rash, severely matted hair and no less than one was in such a weakened conditioned that they had been unable to stroll or converse, deputies stated.
Ashley Ferguson advised investigators the kids’s main supply of meals was milk.
Detectives additionally stated the couple by no means sought medical take care of the kids, together with one who misplaced his means to stroll in April. Ashley Ferguson had lied to her husband in regards to the teen’s medical appointments, deputies stated.
The 2 surviving kids had been put within the care of a relative 4 days after the demise. They wanted speedy medical care, together with oral surgical procedure and feeding remedy. They will even require bodily and speech remedy, authorities stated.
An post-mortem performed on the kid who died dominated the demise to be a murder attributable to continual baby neglect.
Ashley Ferguson has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a kid and two counts of neglect of a kid. She remained in custody Friday on the Pinellas County jail, the place she’s being held with out bail, information present.
Matthew Ferguson, who was charged with three counts of a neglect of a kid, was being held on $40,000 bail, information present.
It’s unclear in the event that they’ve employed an lawyer who may converse on their behalf.
The surviving two kids, in the meantime, stay with relations, deputies stated.