Virginia - A six-month-old Virginia boy died after being left alone inside his parents' recreational vehicle for at least seven hours.
According to reports, Brendon Newton died of asphyxiation after his body was found wedged between the driver's seat and the couch. He'd been propped up on a pillow with a bottle, in the RV where his parents lived.
Sabrina Malick, 29, and Brendon's father Walter Newton, 46, each face second-degree murder and felony child neglect charges, and could face up to 20 years in prison. Malick has pleaded not guilty.
Although the incident happened in September, it took months for attorneys to build a case around the couple.
After leaving the boy, Malick was picked up by Linda Gonzales to go shopping. Brendon was left in Newton's care., and it was Newton that found Brendon's body.
Gonzales was with Malick when she received the news.
"I could hear her talking on the phone and she was hysterical," Gonzales said. "When I asked what was going on, Sabrina said 'my baby's gone, my baby's gone.'"
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Gonzales said that she doesn't believe Malick was at fault.
“She’s not at fault,” Gonzales said. “Maybe child neglect because of the conditions they were in. Murder, no. She loved her children. She tried her best.”
Malick's other two children are in the custody of child protective services.
It is not clear if Newton has entered a plea.