Filiberto Garcia (left), Tracy Roach
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Lexington County deputies are accusing a mother and father of malnourishing their child, a course of action which officers say ultimately led to the child's death.
Officers arrested 33-year-old Filiberto Garcia and 42-year-old Tracy Roach on a charge of homicide by child abuse.
According to deputies, between July and September, the two caused the death of Madison Garcia by not giving their daughter adequate food and water. On September 2nd, the child was taken to Lexington Medical Center where she died of cardiac arrest.
Deputies say the girl had not received medical care since November 12th of last year. At the time of her death, deputies say the girl weighed just 9 pounds, about three pounds more than when she was born.
Officers say Roach told them that on the day the girl died, the child was fed around noon. Garcia found the girl unresponsive in her crib around 9 p.m., and called medical services to come to the home.