2 ba­bies die; woman charged with ne­glect

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - David Har­ris

A 30-year-old woman is fac­ing child ne­glect charges af­ter her two newborns died in her home, ac­cord­ing to the West Mel­bourne Po­lice De­part­ment. Rachael Lynn Thomas was ar­rested Mon­day on two counts of child ne­glect and one count of tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. Ad­di­tional charges are pend­ing. Of­fi­cers were called Sun­day to a home in the 100 block of Lau­rel Oak Street. One child was pro­nounced dead on scene; the other died at the hos­pi­tal. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say the deaths are sus­pi­cious and an au­topsy will de­ter­mine the cause and man­ner of death. Thomas is at the Bre­vard County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

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