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3-Month Old Dies, Parents Jailed




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On Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:11 p.m., The Sacramento Police Department responded to UCD Medical Center for a report of possible child neglect/abuse of a 3-month-old infant.

The Sacramento Fire Department had responded to a medical aid call for at an apartment in the 2900 block of North Meadows Drive. The infant patient was transported to an area hospital, however, due to the infant's critical condition; he was redirected and taken via ambulance to UCD Medical Center.

Detectives arrived at UCD and began their investigation which included contacting and interviewing the infant's parents. After the 27-year-old mother, Ashleigh Smith and the 19-year-old father, Terry Scott, were interviewed, they were both booked that night into the Sacramento County Jail on felony child abuse/neglect charges.

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., the infant succumbed to his injuries.

The Sacramento Police Department is working collectively with the Sacramento County District's Attorney's Office and the Sacramento County's Coroner's Office.  Further charges may be amended or considered pending further investigation and autopsy results.  Child Protective Services is also involved in the case and there are no other children in the home.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information about this incident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.