A mother and father have been arrested after Delaware State Police determined their child's death was a homicide, authorities announced Friday.
According to authorities, an investigation began around 4 a.m. on April 30, 2017, when troopers were dispatched to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for reports a 1-year-old child had died following a medical emergency while home with his father, 25-year-old Antonio Hughes, in the 4000 block of Forrest Avenue.
Police said Hughes contacted Chanel E. Green, who was at work but returned to the residence, and the pair privately drove the boy to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
During the investigation, police said they learned Hughes had been convicted of second-degree child abuse in 2016--involving the same boy--and was issued a no-contact order with both the child and Green. After his release from prison, police said Green allowed Hughes to return to the residence in violation of those orders.
Police arrested Hughes at that time for being in violation of the no-contact orders, and he was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in lieu of $15,000 cash-only bond.
An autopsy performed by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science determined the boy's death was "homicide by manner of blunt force trauma associated with child abuse."
Green turned herself in on May 29, 2019, and was charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child. She was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in lieu of $16,000 cash-only bond.
Hughes was charged on June 6, 2019, with murder by abuse. He remained held at Vaughn in lieu of $1 million cash-only bond.