Police say a 9-month-old baby died Sunday after her parents left her in her crib alone for 16 hours.
Avarice Alexander was not breathing when officers responding to a 1 p.m. call about an unresponsive infant arrived at the home on the 10200 block of Aqua View Court in Nokesville, Virginia. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say Avarice's parents, Adam Alexander and Jasmyne Alexander, both 21, left the child in her crib for 16 hours and never checked on her. Court documents show that the 9 month old was placed in her crib face-down at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Her mother came home from work just before midnight, and according to court documents, both parents began to drink and later went to sleep.
It wasn't until Sunday afternoon that the Alexanders checked on their infant daughter.
Detectives also learned that the child had not visited a doctor in the past seven months, despite her parents noticing a potential breathing problem four weeks prior to her death.
Both parents were arrested and charged with felony child neglect.
The Alexanders also have a 2-year-old daughter. They family lived with Adam Alexander's mother and his teenaged sister. Neighbors say they rarely saw the young couple or their children.