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Bolingbrook parents charged in death of baby in Barrington

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 8:35 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:55 a.m. CST
Markisha Jones (left), 19, and Gene Edwards, 22, of Bolingbrook have been charged in the death of their 7-month-old daughter Mya Edwards.

BARRINGTON – Two Bolingbrook residents have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child endangerment in the case of a baby that died in Barrington Jan. 8, according to a news release from the Barrington Police Department.

Markisha Jones, 19, and Gene Edwards, 22, have been charged in the death of their 7-month-old daughter Mya Edwards, according to police.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office determined the cause of death to be homicide due to malnutrition from starvation. The charges were made by the Barrington Police Department and Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Barrington police and fire departments responded to a call for a deceased individual in the 100 block of South Hager Avenue on Jan. 8. Mya Edwards was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:19 p.m. Officials found a surviving twin sister in the home at the time of Edwards' death who is now in foster care, DCFS spokeswoman Karen Hawkins said March 10.

Hawkins said DCFS received an "unfounded" neglect report in April 2013 and an indicated abuse report in 2002 that involved another child in the same home. Hawkins said that child was an extended family member.

Bond for both Jones and Edwards was set at $250,000 on Saturday.

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