051914 Jones and EdwardsAfter months of investigation, the Cook County medical examiner’s office has declared the January death of a seven-month-old to be a homicide due to malnutrition from starvation. Young couple Gene M. Edwards, 22, and Markesha M. Jones, 19, now face involuntary manslaughter and felony child endangerment charges.

Prosecutors say Edwards and Jones stopped giving Mya Edwards formula and started giving her bottles filled with water, cereal, and sometimes baby food, a few months before she died. By the time paramedics arrived Jan. 8, Mya had stopped breathing and was pronounced dead on a dining room table. Prosecutors say Mya was very skinny – as well as her surviving twin sister.

Assistant State’s Attorney Alyssa Grissom, the couple also allowed their supplemental nutrition benefits in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to lapse. Additionally, the couple left their twins in a single crib in “an unfinished basement which resembled a dungeon” warmed with only a space heater.

Grissom says Edwards admitted that he noticed Mya losing weight but didn’t do anything about it. Neither infant had seen a doctor since the previous summer.

Mya’s twin was later taken to the hospital where she remained for months learning basic skills. She has since gained weight and been placed in a foster home.

Edwards and Jones are each being held on $250,000 bail.

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  • noirluv45

    When it comes to child abuse, I have zero patience, and could think of a myriad of things I’d do to people like these beasts if I could get my hands on them.

    I don’t understand why some are allowed to bring these precious lives into the world, and others who so desperately want children can’t. These poor innocent babies are so helpless, and my heart cries for the deceased baby.

    Thank God Mya’s twin was saved.

  • Brownieluv

    OMG, that made me so sad. Poor baby–the both of them. I hope the surviving twin is put with a good family who will love her and treat her well. I so wish unfit parents couldn’t biologiclly have children. At first I wanted to say something about the abusers being young and stupid (amongst other things), but people like that, it usually doesn’t matter much if they have children at 20, or 38 because unfit parents and abusive people are usually unfit at all stages in life.

  • No excuse for this. They were receiving WIC, which is free formula and baby food. And usually if you qualify for WIC, you qualify for food stamps. At least her twin was saved. Let them rot in prison.

  • BrowneWives

    Another two babies who should have been aborted. Since heterosexuals hate condoms so much, it’s obvious to terminate. Duh.