FAYETTEVILLE - The preliminary
hearings were continued for a Fayette County married couple arrested in
connection with the deaths of two of their infants.
Kyle Ralph Penson, 27, and Ashley Nicole Penson, 24, both
of Hilltop, are scheduled to appear in court July 1, according to magistrate
court officials. Each face two felony counts of child neglect resulting in
Sheriff Steve Kessler said 911 dispatchers were notified
in March that a one-year-old girl and a three-month-old boy were unconscious
and not breathing at a residence in the Mountainair Mobile Home Park. Officers
responded to the scene and initiated CPR until EMS arrived.
The infants were then transported to Plateau Medical Center,
where they were pronounced dead, according to Kessler. A report on the autopsy
findings received June 9 revealed both children apparently died due to parental
Officials said the parents admitted to consuming alcohol
and/or drugs the evening before the deaths, and then sleeping on the living
room floor with their children that night.