North Carolina infant siblings die after being found unresponsive, parents arrested

A North Carolina mother and her boyfriend were arrested on Saturday after the woman’s two young children were found unconscious.

Zharia Noel and Ahmene Butler, both 21, have each been charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of child abuse, police said.

The Rocky Mount Police Department responded to a call for duty about two unresponsive minors around 9:20 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Drew St., police said in a news release.

Paramedics transferred the two minors, aged one year and one month, to UNC Nash Healthcare, where they were both pronounced dead.

Later Saturday, police arrested Noel and Butler. They were each given an unsecured bond of $100,000.

Police have not released any additional details about the circumstances of the children’s deaths. A PIO officer was unavailable for comment Sunday evening.

WRAL reported that the children were found in a parked car, but police have not independently confirmed this.

Police said their investigation is continuing and further charges are possible once the medical examiner’s office completes its report.

It was not immediately clear whether Noel and Butler had retained an attorney who could speak on their behalf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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