Infant Siblings Die After Found Unresponsive, Parents Arrested

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.