Infant dies from dehydration; parents charged

Posted at 7:24 AM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 07:24:41-05

FROSTPROOF, Fla. (AP) - Florida parents are facing aggravated manslaughter charges after authorities say their 8-week-old daughter died from dehydration.

A medical examiner's report revealed baby Ashley died in August. Authorities said they didn't observe any signs of trauma, but said she appeared to be malnourished and had a rash.

The couple, Mark Waters, 22, and Megan Betkiewicus, 26, said they fed the baby formula daily. Polk County Sheriff's deputies found several bottles of formula, but said the home had no running water.

The report said the couple's other child was also examined by child welfare officials in August and had severe diaper rash due to physical neglect.

No other details about that child were released.

The Ledger ( ) reports the couple was arrested Friday and also charged with child neglect. The baby's grandmother, who also lived at the home, was charged with failure to report child neglect.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.),

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