Lossie Thomas, Patrick Williams Claim No Neglect in Death of 6 Pound 4-Month-Old
A Facebook photo of Lossie Thomas. Additional images below.
Paris Belle Williams was born this past February and died in June.
The following month, the little girl's parents, Lossie Thomas and Patrick Williams, who'd moved to Avon from the Los Angeles area, were arrested on suspicion of numerous charges, including child abuse resulting in death.
Now, the pair have pleaded not guilty in the case — and Dr. Robert A. Kurtzman, who performed the autopsy on little Paris, acknowledges that she didn't appear to have been shaken, hit or otherwise physically abused.
Instead, he points to possible neglect, which may explain why she weighed less than seven pounds at the time of her death, at the age of four months.
According to a July report in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the story began with an emergency call placed on June 8 from the Eaglebend Apartments in Avon.
The Eaglebend Apartments in Avon.
The initial report concerned an infant — Paris — who wasn't breathing.
Emergency personnel failed to revive the girl, and a subsequent autopsy revealed that she had died of bilateral pneumonia.
At the time of her death, when she was four months old, she weighed 6.47 pounds, the Post Independent reports.
During a preliminary hearing this month covered by the Vail Daily, Kurtzman added that Paris also had sores on her body and suffered from staph and E. coli infections, as well as a level of dehydration that takes days to achieve.
For their part, attorneys representing Thomas and Williams portrayed them as "overwhelmed, working adults with two other children, who work opposite shifts to try to make it all work," the Daily points out. They also revealed that Thomas is pregnant and asked for a reduction in bond so that she could care for her other kids.
Prosecutor Joe Kirwan countered with this: “I hate to say this, but the safest place for that unborn child is the Eagle County detention center."
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That's where the couple remained at last report. They'll be tried separately, with proceedings for Thomas slated to begin in May 2016 and Williams's scheduled for the next month.
Look below to see their booking photos.
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