Deputies: Parents charged in connection to death of 2-month-old child

Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 11:53 PM EDT
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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office announced that a couple was charged on Tuesday after deputies found their 2-month-old child dead.

Deputies said 35-year-old Nickolas Shane Stephenson was charged with Negligent Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. 28-year-old Diandra Haleigh Fuhr-Farlow was charged with Felonious Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury.

According to deputies, the situation began when they responded to the couple’s home on Four Wheel Drive today. Since then, the Major Case Unit, Crime Scene Unit, and the Special Investigations Unit have been investigating.

On Wednesday, June 6, deputies say both have now been charged with First-Degree Murder in the death of their infant child.

“Based on the totality of the facts from our investigation to include the findings from the preliminary autopsy and after consultation with the District Attorney, we have upgraded the charges against the parents of Riley,” says Major John Ledford of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said an autopsy will be conducted in the next few days.