PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation into the death of a newborn in Providence has resulted in the arrest of his mother, city police announced Thursday.
Ginalys Velazquez Camara, 21, is charged with murder in her week-old son’s death.
The child, who police said was never named, was found unresponsive inside a Ring Street home on the morning of March 30. Court documents obtained by Eyewitness News revealed that first responders rushed the boy to an ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
“The child was deceased and appeared to have been deceased for some time,” police said in an affidavit.
According to police, the boy was born with no medical assistance on March 23 inside a basement apartment on Union Avenue and was never taken to a hospital.
Velazquez Camara then brought the infant home to the Ring Street apartment and allegedly never cared for him prior to his death.
“If you neglect the child to the point that the child passes away, it’s murder,” Major David Lapatin said.
The man who lives in the Union Avenue apartment told police he woke up to screaming, and saw Velazquez Camara standing in his living room giving birth. He assisted in delivering the baby, then said he was going to call an ambulance.
But Velazquez Camara insisted he not call for medical attention “due to the fact that she believed that the state was going to take the baby from her,” the man told police.
Reached at his apartment Thursday, that man told Eyewitness News he thought Velazquez Camara’s uncle, who picked her up, would take her and the baby to the hospital.
That friend also told police that he and Velazquez Camara did cocaine two to three times a week during her pregnancy, according to the documents, which also revealed she was taken to the hospital for an overdose three weeks before she gave birth, as well as on two separate occasions in 2016 and 2017.
It was Velazquez Camara’s brother who ultimately found the baby dead on her bed on March 30 inside the apartment on Ring Street. He called 911, and firefighters and police responded to find the infant.
Velazquez Camara returned home a short time later, and was transported to the hospital. She was charged Wednesday with murder and ordered held without bail.
Joseph Wendelken, a spokesperson for the R.I. Department of Health, said the exact cause of the child’s death is still pending as of late Thursday afternoon.
The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) also investigated the case, and sent out a legally-mandated public disclosure on Thursday about the infant’s death. The email said the baby died of maltreatment, and DCYF had no involvement prior to his death. Police said Velazquez Camara had no other children.