New Castle father and girlfriend face murder, neglect charges in death of 4-year-old boy

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NEW CASTLE — A New Castle father and his girlfriend are facing murder and neglect charges in connection to the death of the man’s 4-year-old son.

After an investigation that spanned several months, Jacob Davis, 28, and Michelle Key, 34, were charged Monday with murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Darien Davis, 4, died in January at a trailer home in the 300 block of Glenwood Drive. Davis called authorities to the home after he said he found the boy unresponsive in the living room. Darien was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a probable cause affidavit, authorities described the boy as “extremely pale, extremely thin to the point his knees were extremely large when compared to the legs” with “cuts, abrasions, and bruising over most of his body. Most notable was a cut over his right eye and the eye appeared swollen shut.”

Officials said Darien weighed just 25 pounds and was 3’3″ tall.

An autopsy found he died due to complications of severe dehydration and malnutrition and neglect, according to a probable cause affidavit.

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