Mom, boyfriend due in court days after infant siblings found unresponsive in car

25 April 2022

— Rocky Mount police are investigating the deaths of two infant siblings as a homicide.

Officers responded to an EMS call in reference to two unresponsive children around 9:20 a.m. Saturday.

Once they arrived on scene, police said they found a 3-month-old baby and his 1-year-old sister unresponsive in a parked vehicle.

According to neighbors who spoke with WRAL News, CPR was attempted on the children until EMS arrived.

Both of the children were pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of their deaths is still unknown.

Rocky Mount police arrested and charged the mother and her boyfriend for the death of both children.

21-year-old Zharia Noel and 21-year-old Ahmene Butler were charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter due to negligence and two counts of felony child abuse due to the children sustaining bodily injuries.

More charges could be pending, awaiting reports from the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s office.

Noel and Butler were being held on $100,000 unsecured bond apiece. Both have a court appearance on Monday morning in Tarboro.

On Sunday night, neighbors had set up a small memorial for the children.

Rocky Mount police are asking anyone with information related to this incident to please contact Rocky Mount police at 252-972-1411, Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111, or Text-ATip (Text RMPOL) and your message to CRIMES (274637), or message us directly using the MyRMT mobile app.

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