A woman who police suspect of involuntary manslaughter in her infant’s death is being held on $125,000 bail.
Felicia Janel Arias, 19, was reportedly drunk when she put her two-month-old to bed Saturday night, passed out and found him dead the next afternoon.
She is now facing two charges: child neglect resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter, and remains in custody at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.
According to a press release, Arias told investigators that she believed family members were caring for the child.
But the baby had been dead for several hours when police officers were called to Arias’ residence on Sunday. When they arrived, medical personnel were already at the residence and were attempting to render aid.
Detectives were called to the scene and obtained a search warrant. They collected forensic evidence, and learned that the prior evening, Saturday, there was a birthday party at the home for a 4-year-old sibling to the deceased infant.
During the party, Arias became “extremely intoxicated with alcohol. The infant was put to bed in Arias’ bedroom at approximately 8:00 p.m. and was last seen alive and well at midnight. Due to her intoxication, Arias passed out in her bed at approximately 12:30 a.m.,” the press release states. “It is believed that sometime during the night, Arias moved the infant to another bedroom and placed a pillow on top of him.”
Officers later learned that the infant was not being cared for. The cause of death has not been determined.
Child Welfare Services took custody of Arias’ 4-year-old child.