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Fayetteville parents charged after 6-month-old dies of starvation, dehydration

Posted June 21
Updated June 22

— The parents of a 6-month-old Fayetteville girl who died in January were arrested Wednesday and charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death.

Fayetteville police said officers responded to an apartment in the 900 block of Pedro Drive on Jan. 29 and found 6-month-old Solana Gonzalez unresponsive.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene and the Office of the Medical Examiner this week concluded that the infant died as a result of starvation and dehydration.

The girl’s parents, Brianna Nelson, 26, and Joshua Gonzalez, 25, were being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center Wednesday evening.

Neslon and Gonzalez are scheduled to appear in court Friday morning. They are both being held on $50,000 unsecured bonds.

Neighbors said they remembered seeing the baby but never suspected anything was wrong.

Anybody with information concerning the death is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-973-3638 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Edward Anderson Jun 22, 2:36 p.m.
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    Just playing devil's advocate here, but maybe the baby had an underlying health problem that they were incapable of handling (financially or emotionally,) and that accounts for the "involuntary" part. That's the only way I can explain why this wasn't charged as murder.

  • Josha Barton Jun 22, 11:00 a.m.
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    Neglect is a real problem and so is the mental illness that obviously caused these two to starve this baby to death.

  • Eric Rothman Jun 22, 10:57 a.m.
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    Am I the only one for forced/mandatory sterilization.

  • Tom Harris Jun 22, 9:50 a.m.
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    I agree with NC TOM. How do you call this "involuntary"?

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 22, 9:20 a.m.
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    How..... just how could people do something so horrible?? If it was just the mother, it would have been horrible already, but 2 'adults' in the house? I'm guessing long history of hard drugs would be the only way a baby could cry for food and go unheeded. Poor little angel is safer out of their hands. Her death exposes the monsters they have become. Rest little one

  • Vince DiSena Jun 22, 7:54 a.m.
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    What the heck is wrong with people

  • Carla Chappell Jun 22, 7:52 a.m.
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    They need the same thing done to them! Some people should never have children , period!

  • NC Tom Jun 22, 7:09 a.m.
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    Involuntary?? Scumbags just involuntarily didn't feed the baby?

    They will not serve prison time.

  • Eric Rothman Jun 21, 9:41 p.m.
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    I hate this world and the POS IN IT

  • Henry Cooper Jun 21, 8:20 p.m.
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    very very short... They will be popular in prison. Even most convicts have better ethics than to starve an infant to death.