Police on Monday arrested and charged a Statesville couple with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse, a week after their month-old infant son died after being left for two hours in a sweltering vehicle on Winona Street.
Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson were jailed Monday under $200,000 secured bonds.
On July 27, police said, the couple returned home about 2 p.m. with their children but never got their infant out of the car.
The boy’s aunt discovered the infant, and the aunt and the infant’s mother drove the baby to Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.
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The infant was suffering from heat exposure and died after being transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, police said.
Police said they immediately began an investigation with the Iredell County Department of Social Services into the circumstances leading up to the infant’s death, and the couple’s remaining children were placed in the temporary custody of Social Services.
Police said they concluded their investigation Monday, determining that the infant died of hyperthermia, or heat-related illness. They consulted with the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office, obtained warrants on the parents, arrested them and took them before a magistrate.
The baby was the 27th child to die in a hot car in North Carolina since 1991, according to KidsAndCars.org, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing such preventable deaths.