7-week-old baby dies of starvation; parents arrested
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) An Oregon couple involved in online pornography has been arraigned on murder by abuse charges alleging they let their baby starve to death.
Authorities say 26-year-old Stephen Michael Williams Jr. and 21-year-old Amanda Marie Hancock were ordered held without bail when they appeared in court in Roseburg on Wednesday.
Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan says Judge Stephen Tiktin authorized a court-appointed attorney, but the public defender's office has not named the attorney yet.
A district attorney's statement says the couple showed extreme indifference to human life by causing the death of 7-week-old Data Toria Hancock through neglect and maltreatment by failing to provide adequate food and medical care.