Couple charged with manslaughter in newborn’s death
Lansing – A Lansing couple has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after authorities say they allowed their newborn son to starve to death.
The Lansing State Journal reports Teaya Johnson and Kaam Stricklin are expected Friday in a Lansing court. They were charged last month.
Their two-month-old son, Kameo Stricklin, died in November 2016. An autopsy found severe malnutrition and starvation.
Authorities say Kameo and a twin brother were born six weeks premature and hospitalized for three weeks. They were released with acid reflux medication, but the couple didn’t get refills and canceled doctor’s appointments.
Johnson declined to comment Wednesday to a newspaper reporter and her attorney didn’t respond to request for comment. Stricklin has requested an attorney.
Johnson and Stricklin have had at least five children removed by child welfare officials.