Baby dies; dad doesn’t call 911 due to arrest warrants

His 2-month-old son stopped breathing, and was dead by the time he carried him into the hospital


SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A man was arrested and charged with neglect after taking his 2-month-old son to the hospital, rather than calling an ambulance when the infant stopped breathing.

Court documents say Michael D. Williams, 26, didn’t call 911 because he knew there were warrants for his arrest, The Sioux City Journal reports. 

The baby was dead by the time he carried him into UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s hospital, the records say.

The infant’s mother, Rebekah Williams-McCarthy, said Leonard may have been saved had he called an ambulance.

“I just want to know what happened, and what went through his mind when he didn’t call anybody,” she said.

She told the Journal she was uncomfortable going to work and leaving her three children with Williams because they would be unfed and in dirty diapers when she returned home. In court documents, investigators said the residence was in “poor condition” and littered with feces-filled diapers. Williams also told police we was addicted to Adderall, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Police say the infant died as a result of neglect. Officials are waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the actual cause of death.

Williams’ bail was set at $32,000. In addition to the felony neglect charge, he’s being held for a probation violation in a forgery conviction, and two contempt of court cases for failing to attend a domestic violence education program.

The couple's two other children, ages 1 and 2, were taken into custody by Child Protective Services, and may be placed in foster care or with family members. 

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