There are two allegations of involuntary child abuse as well as two counts of manslaughter filed against Zharia and Ahmene Butler, both 21.
In a news statement, the Rocky Mount Police Department was called to the 900 block of Drew Street at approximately 9:20 a.m. Saturday. Two infant siblings die after being found unresponsive.
UNC Nash Healthcare declared the two 1-year-old and 1-month-old children dead after paramedics took them to the hospital.
Noel and Butler were taken into custody later that day. Unsecured bonds in the amount of $100,000 were given to each of them. The circumstances behind the children’s deaths remain a mystery. As of Sunday evening, no one from the PIO’s communications department could be reached for comment.
Police have not confirmed WRAL’s claim that infants were located in a parked vehicle.
Additional charges may be filed after the medical examiner’s office completes its investigation, according to police. Whether or whether Noel and Butler had hired a lawyer to represent them wasn’t immediately evident.