Detective: Baby was "skin and bones"
An Indianapolis woman faces charges in connection with the starvation death of a two-month-old son who weighed just five and a half pounds and whom a detective described as mere "skin and bones."
Twenty-nine-year-old Bambi Glazebrook faces preliminary charges of murder and neglect. A judge entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf and assigned her a public defender at a court hearing Wednesday.
Court records say Phillip Robey died Thursday, weeks after a family acquaintance urged her to get him medical help. He was sleeping in a drawer of an entertainment center in a home that Indianapolis metro police Detective Tom Tudor described as "deplorable and unfit for human habitation."
Neighbor Martha Robinson described the last time she saw the little boy.
"His cheeks were sunken in, his eyes were sunken in. I mean, he was so small, his arm was about as thick as my finger," she said.
Robinson said she tried to get social workers from Child Protective Services involved several times.
"Called CPS and every time they came out, all they did was they walked up to the house, they knocked on the door, they didn't get an answer and they left," Robinson said.
In court documents, during questioning, police say Glazebrook told them as she changed Phillip's diaper, his left leg felt tense or stiff. She stated that she did notice that he was not breathing.
But the coroner says, based on the baby's condition, when paramedics arrived at the house, the baby had been dead for several hours.
Also in court documents, another neighbor interviewed by police said the baby was small and dirty and she thought the child was two or three weeks old.
Robinson says she has seen Glazebrook's daughter, a toddler, outside in the same unkempt condition.
"She was dirty from head to toe. She had mismatched socks on. Her hair looked like it hadn't been brushed in over a month," she said.
The court documents end with an examiner's statement saying, "there are no obvious injuries or evidence of any cause of death other than acute failure to thrive/starvation."
Now, a front porch memorial is all that's left to remember the two-month old's short life, with his mother left to answer in court about his death.