Newborn found dead in Hattiesburg apartment; Parents charged

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WJTV) — Two people are arrested after an infant was found dead in an apartment in Hattiesburg.

Police charged the newborn’s parents, Martina Fillingane and Robert Ashcraft, with felony child neglect.

Authorities said River Ashcraft, who was 7 weeks old, was found dead at the  Rus-Tique Apartments on N. 4th Avenue Monday around 7:40 a.m.

The deputy coroner said the newborn’s body was sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing.

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