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Mount Vernon Parents Charged With Starving 6-Week-Old Girl to Death

The medical examiner declared the cause of death was undernourishment

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    Mount Vernon Parents Charged With Starving 6-Week-Old Girl to Death
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    What to Know

    • Mount Vernon parents were charged this week for the death of their six-week-old infant

    • Shanelle Straker and Henry Lantigua face charges of criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child.

    • Six-week-old Jessamine was emaciated and covered in a severe rash when EMS found her

    Parents in Mount Vernon were charged this week in the death of their 6-week-old infant.

    The Westchester district attorney brought charges of criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child against Shanelle Straker and Henry Lantigua.

    The district attorney’s office said their baby, Jessamine Lantigua, died in May 2018 in what was later determined a homicide. The medical examiner declared the cause of death was undernourishment.

    According to medical personnel who responded to 911 calls, Jessamine was emaciated and was covered in a severe rash when they arrived at Straker’s Mount Vernon home. 

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    Straker and Lantigua are scheduled to make their next court appearance Oct. 22.

    Attorney information for Straker and Lantigau was not immediately available.

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