Mum accused of starving baby to death

Mum accused of starving baby to death
Brittany Marie Wiest, 21, charged with child abuse, neglect and murder.

A pregnant US stripper has been charged with murder after her two-month-old son apparently starved to death.

Brittany Marie Wiest, 21, from the US state of Tennessee, was arrested for the murder of her son, Anakin Leroy-Michael Wiest, who died last April.

Wiest will appear in a court next Wednesday, reported US paper The Tennessean.

She was arrested last Wednesday and was charged in connection with her infant son's death.

Wiest is 24 weeks pregnant with her third child, authorities said.

Her lover, Mr Michael Withers, had called 911 after he and Wiest woke to find the baby unresponsive in her home on April 8 last year. Mr Withers is not the baby's father.

The emaciated boy was already dead when the police arrived.

He had weighed just under 2.72 kg at birth, police said, but at 59 days, he was only 2.26kg.

NO CLUE

"(Wiest) honestly had no clue what had occurred, why the baby had passed away," Detective Rick Hall told TV station WKRN.

An autopsy months later found that the boy had died of starvation and dehydration. His death was ruled a homicide, reported The Tennessean.

Weist's oldest child, a two-year-old girl, is now in state custody. She, the dead baby and Weist's third child all have different fathers.

It is understood that Wiest had previously been investigated in connection to the possible neglect of the girl by the Department of Children's Services, authorities said.

Wiest works at the Nashville strip club Brass Stables Jockey Club, according to Facebook.

Mr Withers is not facing charges, although the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Wiest has been charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect and murder.

She is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a US$100,000 (S$135,000) bond.


This article was first published on Feb 10, 2015.
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