Preliminary hearings continued for married couple charged with child neglect resulting in death

Local - 6/25/2014 12:40 PM

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 death.

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 overlay.

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.


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