Milwaukee parents charged in death of two-month-old child

45 minutes passed after the child's death before anyone called 911.

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by Shakara Robinson

MILWAUKEE -- The parents of a deceased two-month-old baby boy are facing criminal charges after being suspected of abuse. The medical examiner's office found a fracture on the child's skull and have yet to determine the cause of death.

Alicia Johnson-Taylor, 24, and Corey Carr, 25, are both charged with failure to report the death of a child.

According to the criminal complaint:

Authorities were called to the family's home in the 2100 block of S. 5th Street around 2 p.m. on July 17 for an "unresponsive person". 

Firefighters found an infant in one of the bedrooms laying in a playpen. The infant's lips were blue and body was cold and stiff.

Carr told police that he was the father of the child, and that he gave the baby a pacifier around 9 a.m. and laid the baby on his back. When he woke up at noon, he found the baby on his stomach, and noticed that baby was "unresponsive and blue". Carr told investigators he immediately ran outside yelling, "our son is dead" to the child's mother and family friend.  

A 28-year-old woman and family friend, who was inside the home, told firefighters that she had been there for at least 45 minutes after learning of the infants death, and finally called 911 because "no one else would". She told investigators that everyone in the home knew the child was dead. 

In a police interview, the 28-year-old family friend said that she and Johnson-Taylor were leaving out for an errand when Carr ran out behind them saying the baby was dead. 

The women went back inside and touched the infant. The 28-year-old said the child's body was cold and that the mother shook the baby trying to wake him up. The family friend said she told the parents to call 911, but they refused. Carr told investigators that he did not call 911 right away.

Johnson-Taylor told police she was the child's mother and that she had been "in and out" of the home all day and was leaving again when she learned of the baby's death.

She told investigators that the baby had been born addicted to methadone because of her own "Percocet problems". 

An autopsy revealed a recent skull fracture above the baby's left eye. An official cause of death is pending and the child's body is being examined for other possible injuries. 

If convicted, each parent could serve up to three and a half years in prison.

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