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Parents charged with murder in death of 5-month-old Cincinnati boy

The boy died on Monday at Cincinnati Childen’s, police say.
Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 4:43 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Police have arrested a man and woman in connection with the death of an infant in Cincinnati.

A statement from Cincinnati police says officers found the 5-month-old boy unresponsive around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 22 in the 2300 block of Sunnyhill Drive, located in the Villages at Roll Hill.

The infant, identified by the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office as Casey Sams, died on Monday, police say.

The day the 5-month-old was discovered unresponsive, police arrested Shakayla Sams and Donte Farrier, both 19, on child endangerment charges

Sams and Farrier are Casey’s parents, according to court documents.

Detectives from the Cincinnati Police Department Homicide Unit canvassed the Villages at Roll Hill on Monday speaking with neighbors of Sams and Farrier.

“They’re putting pieces of the puzzle together for us that we would have never known and that would be for any case regardless of the victim because we’re not here. We can’t see what’s going on,” Det. Sandy Sieving said.

Sieving says neighbors are being extremely helpful in providing detectives with a closer look at the environment in the infant’s home.

“It just hits a little different when it’s a baby and we’ve had a lot of support from the community. A lot of people have come forward. They’ve given us information and it’s been very, very helpful. We don’t always get that. It would be nice to have that on the other cases we investigate, all the other homicides we investigate, but we have gotten a lot of help on this case,” she said.

Arrest records say the parents “created substantial risk to the health and safety of their 5-month-old child” and those injuries happened over several months.

Sams and Farrier now face murder charges in Casey’s death.

Bond was set at $200,000 for both Sams and Farrier.

Their next court date is Jan. 6.

CPD’s Homicide unit is in the early stages of its investigation. Detectives with the unit spent Monday canvassing apartments at the Villages at Roll Hill.

“They’re putting pieces of the puzzle together for us that we would have never known,” Det. Sandy Sieving said of what neighbors can add to the investigation.

Sieving says neighbors are being extremely helpful.

“It just hits a little different when it’s a baby, and we’ve had a lot of support from the community,” she said. “A lot of people have come forward. They’ve given us information, and it’s been very, very helpful. We don’t always get that.”

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