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No Charges In Onslow County Baby Death

The Onslow County district attorney says there will be no charges brought against the parents of a baby who drowned in a bathtub earlier this month.

D.A. Dewey Hudson made that announcement at a noon news conference with Sheriff Ed Brown.

Three weeks ago deputies say seven-month-old Madison Burt died after being left in a bathtub with her two year old sister. The baby's parents told deputies they were drinking alcohol and watching a movie with friends.

Hudson says Paul Burt, a Marine stationed at New River, placed his two daughters in the bathtub and left them unattended twice.

The first time, the D.A. says Burt went to the door to get some food from his wife and in the second occurrence Hudson says the father went to the living room, where he sipped a drink and talked to his friends for about a minute.

The father admitted to deputies he had consumed some alcoholic beverages, but Hudson says there is no evidence he was impaired when law enforcement arrived.

Hudson says he's reviewed state law and in order to prove involuntary manslaughter the state must prove two things beyond a resonable doubt.

Those include that the defendant acted unlawfully or in a criminally negligent way. Hudson says that is more than just carelessness. He said they also must prove gross recklessness or carelessness.

The district attorney says by all indications, the family loved their daughter and is now devastated by her death.


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