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Mother, Fiance Charged in Baby's Death

Posted November 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A mother and her fiance are charged in the death of the woman's 19-month-old baby girl. The family had just moved to Wilson from Raleigh about a week ago where they had only lived for about a month. Before that, they lived in Delaware.

Others in the motel where the alleged crime occurred said they had no indication there was any problem within the family. In fact, Harshad Patel who manages the motel said he didn't even know the couple had a child. There were two children with the couple. The woman charged with killing one of them was the mother of both. Police say the woman is originally from Wilson.

Police say it appears that the child was being punished for something and that the punishment got out of hand. They say they believe, judging from marks on the children's bodies, this was not the first time abuse has occurred within the family.

Police say they have been unable to find much information on the couple yet, given their current transient status. They did say they know of no record of trouble while the couple was in Raleigh.

Reporter/Photographer:Brian Bowman