Police arrested a Utah couple and charged them with murder after the woman’s infant son died from injuries that authorities say are indicative of abuse.
Though the mother, 26-year-old Maria Elena Sullivan, is not suspected of directly abusing the baby, officials said that she was complicit in her boyfriend, 21-year-old Dylan James Kitzmiller’s alleged violent behavior, reports KSTU.
Sullivan was arrested on a fugitive warrant at a Georgia hospital upon seeking treatment.
“Both of them were charged because the girlfriend indicated that there was a level of abuse that was going on, she was aware of this abuse, and she took no steps to stop this or to take the child to safety,” said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, according to KSTU.
The boy was born healthy at five pounds four ounces on Sept. 4 and died on Sept. 17 weighing only four pounds eight ounces, having lost 14 percent of his body mass. He had cuts and bruises on his face and body as well as a spinal fracture, broken rib and what officials called “massive” swelling in his brain.