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June 6, 2011

Two Arrested After Death of Devin Parsons

Greensburg — Tasha M. Parsons, 29, and Waldo L. Jones, Jr., 30, spent the weekend being held at the Decatur County Jail, charged in connection to the death of Parson's son, Devin Parsons, 12.

The call came in to the Greensburg Police Department at 3:25 p.m. on Friday, informing authorities an infant was barely breathing at 604 E. Washington St. When first responders arrived, it was determined that a 12-year-old child was deceased, a release from the GPD explains. On Saturday, Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks released the identity of the child Ð Devin Parsons. Tasha Parsons, the victim's mother, faced preliminary charges of murder, a Class A felony. Jones, Parsons' boyfriend, also faced a preliminary felony charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Through the weekend, investigators continued combing through the home, seeking evidence of what had transpired inside, leading to the death of a child in his home. Devin Parsons' cause of death has not yet been declared, as his autopsy is unlikely to take place before Tuesday. Banks explained that autopsies are conducted in Marion County, where the schedule was already full for the available half-day on Saturday and likely through the day on Monday.

The investigation is in the hands not only of the GPD but also the Indiana State Police, a press release from Decatur County Prosecutor James Rosenberry explains. His office will determine charges based on information available Monday morning. Criminal charges are expected for Tasha Parsons, but no mention of Jones is made in the release.

Bobbie Gilland, Jones' sister, and Stacy Demaree told WISH TV, a news partner of the Daily News, they had contacted authorities about conditions within the home.

"I told them about how he (Jones) didn't allow the kids lunch; how he beat them if they missed the bus, they had to wake themselves up," Gilland told WISH TV on Saturday.

Demaree said she had contacted Child Services multiple times about the children in the home.

"I hope that they wake up and realize that they are getting calls like this, this isn't no joke. This is children's lives," she told WISH TV on Saturday.

Assisting the GPD at the scene on Friday were personnel from the Indiana State Police, Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Decatur County Coroner, Decatur County EMS and the Greensburg Fire Department. See Tuesday's edition of the Daily News for information that will becomeavailable on Monday.

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