A homeless couple has been charged after their toddler was found dead inside a suburban motel room where they were living.
Police made the grim discovery on Sunday at the Motel 6 in Detroit, in the US state of Michigan, following reports of an infant crying and concerns about the boy’s welfare from relatives.
The parents, Isaias Porras, 31, and Amanda Jajou, 30, spoke to officers outside the room, denying their son Isaias Daniel Porras was there and claimed they had given him away.
Horrific details emerge in court
The 14-month-old was found hidden under a pile of blankets and covered in bruises.
An autopsy determined he died from a brain injury.
The boy’s father Mr Porras has been charged with first-degree homicide and first-degree child abuse.
And his mother Ms Jajou has been charged with second-degree homicide, second-degree child abuse and accessory after the fact.
Neither spoke during their arraignment in court on Wednesday.
An attorney entered not guilty pleas for the couple whose last known addresses were in Colorado and California but were described as homeless.
Police 'heartbroken' over grim discovery
Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King said the department and community are heartbroken over the boy’s death.
"Anyone who has a concern for the safety and well being of neighbours, friends or family members are strongly urged to contact law enforcement,” he said.
“One of a police officer’s primary duties is the protection of life, by recognising safety concerns, acting to intervene and ensure the safety of all persons involved."
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