Newborn found dead in Hattiesburg apartment; Parents charged

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) — Two people are arrested after an infant was found dead in an apartment in Hattiesburg.

Police charged the newborn’s parents, 40-year-old Martina Fillingane and 40-year-old Robert Ashcraft, with felony child neglect.

Authorities said River Ashcraft, who was 7 weeks old, was found dead at the Rus-Tique Apartments on N. 4th Avenue Monday around 7:40 a.m.

The deputy coroner said the newborn’s body was sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing.

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