Milton parents charged with homicide in death of infant

Child’s death ruled homicide by medical neglect

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MILTON, Ga. – Milton police have charged two parents in the death of their 1-year-old daughter.

Shaun Jermaine Jewell, 35, and Altair Murphy-Hubbard, 30, both of Milton, were arrested by Milton detectives April 1 after an investigation into the death of their daughter last year.

Milton police and fire personnel responded Oct. 22, 2013, to Jewell and Murphy-Hubbard's Twinrose Way home after the parents reported their daughter was having trouble breathing. The child died later that day.

An autopsy by the Fulton County Medical Examiners' Office later ruled the cause of death was homicide by medical neglect. Detectives launched an investigation and determined the child's death was allegedly due to a pattern of neglect and lack of medical care from Jewell and Murphy-Hubbard.

The child died of “malnutrition and dehydration related to neglect,” said Milton Police Spokesman Shawn McCarty. “Both parents share culpability in this case and were charged as such.”

Both suspects are in Fulton County jail without bail. Jewell is charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree. Fulton County Jail records show he was previously arrested by Sandy Springs and Milton police in 2012 and 2013 on charges of domestic battery and cruelty to children.

Murphy-Hubbard was charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the first and second degree.

MH 04-9-14