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Fayetteville parents charged in death of 6-month-old have another baby on the way

Posted June 23

— A Fayetteville couple charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of their 6-month-old daughter have another child on the way.

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, made their first court appearance on Friday.

Nelson is 8 months pregnant and has a 5-year-old daughter. She told the judge that she never wanted anything to happen to her daughter, and asked him to keep her bond unsecured so that she could take care of her 5-year-old.

The judge denied the request and modified both Nelson and Gonzalez's bonds to $25,000 secured. He placed them both under arrest.


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  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jun 24, 10:30 p.m.
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    If found guilty once baby is born, both given death sentences

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 24, 1:26 p.m.
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    Another baby added to the overloaded system. Parents who should never have had children, incarcerated and siblings separated, nobody wins. So sad for all involved.

  • Anita Gibson Jun 24, 4:42 a.m.
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    Not sure if there's any merit to it, but someone claiming to know them said she was also caring for 3 other children of his. They also said they had seen a photo of the baby about a month or so before she died and that she was very thin and small and another child was feeding her. She assumed it had health issues so didn't question because the mom was asking for recommendations for a pediatrician for her. How could no one notice a starving child?

  • Mary Meadows Jun 23, 11:01 p.m.
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    The baby died in January. If she got pregnant when the baby was two months old - she would have been four months pregnant in January. Anyway. That's the part you missed.

  • Haley Sessoms Jun 23, 10:50 p.m.
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    People like this don't look at children like we do. They see them as a tax check

  • Dana Cole Jun 23, 10:16 p.m.
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    Such a tragedy :(. I wonder if the baby was theirs. How can the baby be 6 months old yet the mom be 8 months pregnant? I pray for the children in this.

  • Marcia Maloney Jun 23, 8:36 p.m.
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    Wow! Another one on the way. They were very irresponsible with the last one. I don't understand what's with people bringing children in the world when you can't even provide care for them

  • Kevin Stewart Jun 23, 8:24 p.m.
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    I feel so sorry for the child they killed and the one she's carrying... situations like this are what put such a burden on society. Taxpayers will have to foot the medical bills and keeping them up in prison...horrible situation...I hope this child will be given to someone that would want and love it