Pennsylvania Couple Accused of Starving Newborn Baby Face Child Endangerment Charges

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A Pennsylvania couple is facing child endangerment charges in Lycoming County after police say they starved their newborn baby, according to KTLA sister station WNEP.

Investigators said Justin Lawerence, 31,  and Marissa Smith, 22, had a baby boy back in December. Doctors told authorities that, after several check-ups, it appeared the baby was not growing or gaining weight like he should, according to WNEP.

In one instance, the infant was only given half a can of formula during a time period when he should have received two or three times that much, according to claims outlined in court filings.

The couple was arrested Friday morning at their home in Lewistown later arraigned that same day in Jersey Shore. A judge set bail for Smith at $99,000 and $250,000 for Lawrence, but neither was able to post that sum and are currently held at Lycoming County jail, according to the Centre Daily Times.

Smith, who is three months pregnant, will be eligible for supervised parole, reports.


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