CBS Boston is reporting that a 7-month-old baby was found dead by police in her Rhode Island home, and the child’s father arrested and held on $50,000 bail.
The child was identified as Willow Ramos. The father, Ryan Beeley, 37, was watching his child alone in the home. When Maria Ramos, 34, arrived, she found the child dead, and immediately called 911.
The investigators found the home “conditions to be deplorable,” and say that they had actually been at the residence in August, as a check-up visit. Relatives of the pair say they have been concerned for some time for the couple’s ability to take care of a newborn.
Video footage shows the home falling apart, dirty, and dusty. Police say they found exposed electrical wiring all over the residence, and some other code violations.
The child had no physical mark or injury, and will be autopsied to discover the cause of death.
The Providence Journal has more:
A Warwick man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to neglect after the death of his 7-month-old daughter.
A distraught Ryan Beeley, 37, wept during his brief appearance before Family Court Judge Karen Lynch Bernard. Heavyset and wearing baggy blue jeans, a green T-shirt and black sweatshirt, Beeley appeared despondent as Bernard ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and not to have contact with children under 16 years old. At Special Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Burke’s request, the judge agreed to release Beeley on $50,000 surety bail.
Beeley’s mother cried, too, during the proceedings, occasionally leaning her head on his stepfather’s shoulder. The half-dozen family members were glassy-eyed. Several left the courthouse with jackets over their heads to avoid the media pool posted outside. The family declined comment.
Beeley’s lawyer, Chris O’Connell, of the public defender’s office, asked that prosecutors not read the facts of the case, so no new details about the baby Willow Ramos’ death were revealed during the court hearing.
The Warwick police told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning that family members had contacted the state Department of Children, Youth and Families in August due to concerns about the parents’s ability to care for the child.
“We can confirm previous involvement with the family where we twice investigated concerns communicated though our Child Abuse Hotline,” DCYF spokesman Denis J. Riel said in a statement. “Upon investigation, in both cases, we concluded that the allegations were unsubstantiated. The family was not formally involved with DCYF as a result of the unsubstantiated findings.”
Rhode Island Child Advocate Jennifer Griffith announced Wednesday that she had added the deaths of the 7-month-old and a 2-month-old infant to the cases being reviewed by a panel she convened in October 2016. The deaths add to the two child fatalities and two near fatalities already under review.
The Office of the Child Advocate will issue a report outlining its findings and recommendations at the conclusion of its probe.
Willow’s mother, Mariah Ramos, 34, found the baby unresponsive around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday in a bedroom at the family’s 3 Airway Rd. home, Maj. Brad Connor said. Ramos called a man who lived in the house for help and asked him to call 911 upon seeing the child. The police did not identify that person, but said he was not a relative.
The baby, who had no visible physical injury, was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital by the Warwick Fire Department and later pronounced dead, Connor said
A spokesman for the state medical examiner said the cause of death was still pending. An autopsy that was scheduled for to take place that morning, according to police.
Beeley, of 3 Airway Rd., was initially taken to Kent Hospital, where he was treated for an unspecified medial issue, Connor said. The police later charged Beeley with cruelty to or neglect of a child, a felony charge that is handled in Family Court under state law. He faces up to three years in prison.
Mariah Ramos, who had returned to the home after about an hour away, has not been charged, the police said.
The police say they are still actively investigating the baby’s death. They executed a search warrant at the Cape-style duplex Wednesday morning.