Mother and boyfriend arrested in death of 3-month year old and 1 year old

23 April 2022

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) — The Rocky Mount Police Department has upgraded the suspicious death of two children to a homicide.

The Homicide Unit arrested and charged the mother Zharia Noel,21, and her boyfriend Ahmene Butler,21, for the death of the 3-month-old infant and 1year old toddler. They were charged with two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and two counts of Felony Child Abuse.

Noel and Butler each received a $100,000 unsecured bond. The Rocky Mount Police Department, Homicide Unit will continue to investigate this incident.

Rocky Mount Police responded to a call at the 900 block of Drew Street for an “Assist E.M.S” call for service for two unresponsive juveniles at around 9:30 Saturday morning. When EMS arrived a 3-month-old boy and his 1-year-old sister were taken to UNC Nash Healthcare. Both were pronounced dead at UNC Nash Healthcare.

According to officials, the Department of Social Services are also actively investigating the incident.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Rocky Mount Police Department 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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