The Latest: Parents plead not guilty in death of infant

COVENTRY, R.I. - The Latest on the felony neglect case against the parents of a dead 8-month-old girl (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

The parents of an 8-month-old girl who died in Rhode Island last week have pleaded not guilty to felony neglect charges.

Steven Gilchrist and Jocelyn Belmore, both 32, were arraigned Wednesday on charges of cruelty to or neglect of a child. Court records say they are being held in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Coventry police say they received a 911 call Nov. 19 about an unresponsive infant. They took her to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say a toxicology report showed the child had the potent opioid fentanyl in her system.

Authorities say an investigation produced evidence of criminal neglect by the parents.

Police say the state medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.

Court records don't list an attorney for Gilchrist or Belmore.

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3:55 p.m.

Court documents say an 8-month-old girl who died in Rhode Island last week had the potent opioid fentanyl in her system.

Coventry Police say they received a 911 call around 6 a.m. Nov. 19 about an unresponsive infant. They took her to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The girl's parents, Steven Gilchrist and Jocelyn Belmore, were arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count each of cruelty to or neglect of a child. They are expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear whether either Gilchrist or Belmore, both 32, was represented by a lawyer.

Authorities say an investigation produced evidence of criminal neglect by the parents.

Police say the cause of death is undetermined.

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12:45 p.m.

The parents of an 8-month-old girl who died last week in Rhode Island have been charged with felony neglect.

Coventry Police say they received a 911 call around 6 a.m. Nov. 19 about an unresponsive infant. They took her to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

They say an investigation produced evidence of criminal neglect by the parents, but did not give further details.

Steven Gilchrist and Jocelyn Belmore, both 32, were arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count each of cruelty to or neglect of a child.

The parents were scheduled to be arraigned at the Kent County courthouse at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear whether either Gilchrist or Belmore was represented by a lawyer.


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