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Mt. Pleasant parents arrested in baby's death denied bond

Charles Gordon, left, and Ashley Gordon Charles Gordon, left, and Ashley Gordon
Drew Gordon; Source: Facebook Drew Gordon; Source: Facebook

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The parents of a 9-month old boy are in jail after police say their negligence led to the child's death.

Mount Pleasant police arrested Charles Lewis Gordon IV and Ashley Nicole Gordon, both of 1437 Tomota Court, and charged them with homicide by child neglect Friday morning. Both were denied bond Friday evening.

"The investigation revealed the defendants neglected to provide necessary care to sustain Andrew's life," said Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell.

At birth, Andrew Gordon weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, but at his death just 9 months later, he only weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The boy's weight and length were far below normal.

The cause of death was determined to be Marasmus, a chronic undernourishment condition that occurs mostly in children. Marasmus is caused by a diet deficiency in calories and proteins.

Charles and Ashley Gordon have two other children. According to police they are fine and in the custody of the Dept. of Social Services.

During a press conference Friday, police said the couple was arrested based on extreme indifference to human life and that they failed to exercise due care for the child.

"The details of this investigation are horrific, and demonstrate the criminal nature of this neglect," Sewell continued.  "His room was in complete disarray.  His crib was stacked with soiled blankets and towels, and had multiple bottles of soured formula in it."

Police also said that the last time Andrew Gordon received medical care was when he was born at the hospital. According to police, the child also did not receive adequate food, shelter or healthcare.

The penalty for homicide by child neglect carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

Click here to read more about the charge homicide by child neglect or abuse.

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