- Apr 8, 2013
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A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.
Betsey Kee Stephens died as a result of malnutrition and starvation, said Dr. Vera Volnikh, Polk Countys assistant medical examiner. When we examined her stomach, small intestine and large intestine, all of them were empty, Volnikh said. There was no fat tissue on this baby.
Roy and Ruby Stephens, 48 and 23, respectively, are both facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of Betsy Kee Stephens on Dec. 23...
The family took a trip from Tennyson, IN, to visit family in the Lakeland, FL, area and arrived Dec. 23, reports state. The family went to Golden Corral on U.S. 98 North, and Ruby Stephens pulled Betsy out of the car to find she was cold to the touch and unresponsive.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a couple accused in the starvation death of a 22-day-old baby...
The couple, who traveled to Lakeland from Tennyson, Ind., have two children together, but Roy Stephens was not Betsey's biological father. "The obvious infidelity and subsequent pregnancy created a strain on the marriage, which affected (Roy's) demeanor toward (Betsey) and (Ruby)," according to a Lakeland police arrest report.