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Parents of starved infant found guilty of murder

Jill Hull (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Jill Hull (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Gary West (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Gary West (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
SAYLOR PARK, OH (FOX19) -

A Hamilton County Judge has found the parents of an infant who starved to death guilty of murder.

Jill Hull and Gary West have been on trial for the past two weeks and were each found guilty of two counts of murder. 11-week-old Rachel West died of malnourishment in December of 2008.

Back in 2008, Hamilton County coroner Dr. O'dell Owens said the infant was not taking formula, and her parents, Jill Hull and Gary West, did not seek medical attention for her. Formula was found in their apartment, but Owens said there was no food in her system.

The baby was in the five percent of her weight class when she died.

According to court officials, West and Hull lived in a two-room apartment with their four children. The apartment had no central heat, no refrigerator, no stove and no kitchen sink. The family had received nearly $3,000 in food stamps in the time the baby was alive. Five cans of baby formula were found in the home at the time of the infant's death.

The arrests follow a bizarre series of events in which Jill Hull's mother, Joyce Hull, and David Hull, who both also lived at the apartment, were arrested for a series of bank robberies in November of 2008. The baby was found dead in the apartment the same day Joyce and David Hull were arrested.

Both Jill Hull and Gary West are charged with one count for starvation and malnutrition and one count for not giving medical attention. They are scheduled to be sentenced June 1. They each face a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

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