Shaun Oxenreider, 25, and Samantha Trump, 27, are facing criminal homicide charges in connection with the death of their daughter.
(Spring Township Police Department)
The parents of a 6-month-old baby whose body was found in a container filled with cat litter in a crawl space in their Pennsylvania home are facing criminal manslaughter charges.
Shaun Oxenreider, 25, and Samantha Trump, 27, were charged with concealing the death of a child, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy.
Authorities say a 6-month-old Harper ‘Trump’ s body was found on March 20 in a garbage bag in a plastic container with cat litter at the Springfield Township complex. An autopsy concluded Harper died around Jan. 1 of the blunt-force head trauma and had rib fractures.
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“When you see a young child’s life taken away, unnaturally, in a situation where they were abused to the point where they were killed, that is hard to swallow,” John Adam, the Berks County District Attorney, told WFMZ.
Police were called to the home after family members were “suspicious about the death of the baby,” PennLive reported. The police searched the house, where they found the body of the baby behind a closed door that led to the basement.
The suspects remain in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail each. Oxenreider, the lawyer said earlier that his client is not the primary caregiver.
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Adams said that the investigation is ongoing.
“This is an ongoing investigation,” he told the Reading Eagle. “The cause of death is murder, but we know that there is a lot of information that we are still trying to collect, and we will continue to collect.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.