Sunday, January 27, 2013
Pamela Shank Raymond, 54, is in prison, awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder and cruelty to a child in the 2010 death of infant Warren Bailey, her daughter's young son. She has pleaded not guilty. According to a police affidavit filed with Lamoille (Vermont) Superior Court, Raymond, a nurse, told police that she placed one of her husband’s antidepressant pills in the baby’s mouth, watched it dissolve, and washed it down with a few ounces of formula. She told police she drugged the infant so he wouldn’t wake up and disturb her husband while she was at a doctor’s appointment.
Raymond, who has twice lost her nursing license, was previously investigated in the suspected poisoning of another grandson who survived. Her court appointed attorney will claim not guilty by mental defect once the charges come to trial.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
On November 13, 2012 at approximately 6:15 am the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4059 Jordan Road regarding a 5-week old child believed to be deceased. The parents of the child awakened to find the child not in her bassinet in their bedroom. The mother of the baby went to the living room of the home to find the baby in between the cushions of the couch with the baby’s grandmother on the couch asleep with the child.
A death investigation was launched by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. According to the arrest warrant of 50-year old Debra Ann Slacks, investigators obtained documented evidence and recorded statements which implicated Ms. Slacks as the person who took responsibility for her 5-week old grandchild after knowingly consuming alcoholic beverages. Ms. Slacks, while entrusted with the child’s care, fell asleep with her grandchild on the couch allowing the infant to slip from her arms and slide behind the cushion of the couch which resulted in her death.
Ms. Slacks was arrested for unlawful neglect of a child and transported to the Greenville County Detention Center where she awaits a bond hearing. If convicted, Ms. Slacks could face up to 10 years in jail.