2017 child death ruled a homicide, parents arrested
DOVER, Del. – Delaware State Police arrested a mother and father after an investigation into the death of a toddler was ruled a homicide.
Just before 4 a.m. on April 30, 2017, troopers were called to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for a child death investigation. It was learned that the one year old child was at home with his father, 25-year-old Antonio Hughes, while his mother, 26-year-old Chanel Green, was at work. During this time, the child experienced a medical emergency and Hughes contacted Green to come home to their residence in the 4000 block of Forrest Avenue.
Hughes and Green took the child to the hospital, where the child was later pronounced dead.
It was later learned that Hughes had previously been convicted of second degree child abuse involving the same child in 2016, resulting in the issuance of a no contact order. After Hughes was released from prison, Green allowed him to return to the residence and act as the primary caregiver for the child, knowing about the no contact order.
At the time of the April 2017 incident, a no contact order still remained in effect between Hughes and the child, as well as Hughes and Green. Hughes was arrested for violation of this order and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $15,000 cash only bond.
An autopsy conducted by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science revealed that the child’s cause of death was blunt force trauma associated with child abuse.
Green turned herself in to police on May 29th and was charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child. She is currently being held at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Center on $16,000 cash only bond.
Hughes was charged with murder by abuse on June 6th and remains at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $1,000,000 cash only bond.