The mother and father of a 2-month-old New York City infant whose body was found in a shallow grave nearly 70 miles north of his home last month have pleaded not guilty to charges connected with his death, prosecutors say.
Danielle Whyte, a New York City teacher, and Jose Feliciano, both of the Bronx have been indicted on manslaughter and homicide charges, respectively, in the death of their son, according to the Bronx District Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors say that Feliciano struck their son in the head with a fatal blow on Dec. 10, 2015, because he was jealous of the attention the boy got from his mother.
Authorities allege that neither Feliciano nor Whyte called 911 after the child was injured or when he died.
After the infant perished, authorities say the couple drove to Brewster, New York, and checked into a hotel before burying the child in the woods in the Dutchess County town of Dover.
Authorities discovered the child's body on Dec. 18 after a hospital staffer told police Whyte had talked about the death of her 2-month-old baby.
Investigators subsequently arrested Feliciano in connection with the killing. Whyte was arrested on Tuesday after she was discharged from a Westchester County hospital.
Whyte, 31, and Feliciano, 51, also pleaded not guilty to concealing a corpse. Attorney information for the pair was not immediately available.
If convicted of charged, Feliciano faces 25 years to life in prison, while Whyte faces up to 15 years.