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Adam Jerell Vince Alexander and Jasmyne Alexandria Alexander, both 21, were arrested Oct. 9, 2014. They are shown in booking photos from the Prince William County Police Department's Facebook page.

Adam Jerell Vince Alexander and Jasmyne Alexandria Alexander, both 21, were arrested Oct. 9, 2014. They are shown in booking photos from the Prince William County Police Department’s Facebook page.

NOKESVILLE, Va.  — A nine-month-old Virginia baby died after she was left alone in her crib for 16 hours while her parents drank, police said.

Prince William Police said Avarice Alexander was put in her crib by her father, Adam Alexander, around 8:30 p.m. on October 4 at the family’s home in Nokesville. The baby rolled onto her stomach immediately, and no one checked on the infant for over 16 hours, authorities said.

Avarice’s mother, Jasmyne Alexander, returned from work to the home she shared with Adam, his mother and sister around 11:30 p.m. Authorities said both parents started drinking, leaving their baby alone in her crib the entire night into the following afternoon.

Jasmyne went to bed around 3 a.m. and Adam stayed up until 9 a.m., authorities said.

When Jasmyne Alexander checked on her daughter the afternoon of October 5, the baby wasn’t responsive, police said. Avarice was declared dead at the scene.

A few hours later, Jasmyne Alexander posted online asking for money to help bury her child, according to CNN affiliate WJLA.

Police said the parents had not taken Avarice to a doctor for the past seven months, even after noticing Avarice had problems breathing.

Jasmyne and Adam Alexander have been charged with felony child neglect. If convicted they could face 10 years in prison.

Police said the investigation into Avarice’s death is ongoing.

HLN reached out to Jasmyne and Adam Alexander for a comment, but calls were not returned.

38 comments

  • Robo

    All “adults” in the home should be charged, if found guilty they need jail time.
    And there were no indicators before this happened?

  • Linda

    You know FullMoon….you are ignorant! This has nothing to do with a race issue, it’s a trash issue and I hope all involved are taken out to the prison system and left there to rot!!!! Prayers for this little Angel and her family members who loved her.

  • mbaker9105

    Just terrible…yet another example of why there should be mandatory parenting classes and maybe psychological exams first to determine if there is a risk category. I’m against Big Government, but when it comes to defenseless babies and children, the quicker you get them out of situations like this the better. Now this poor child is gone, and these two have to live with it the rest of their lives.

  • DUMB A$$ PEOPLE

    You can’t blame him by himself. She was drinking too. Here we go trying to cover up for her. NO!!! she is a sorry a$$ mother and he is a sorry a$$ father.

    • Wb

      Wonder if the mother and sister they shared the home with were home and if they were, why would they not wonder why the child was in the crib for that length of time and not checked on by anyone in the house. Very odd. Horrible to think that baby laid there all that time with no one checking on her. So very sad.

  • MELISSA

    10 YEARS IS NOT ENOUGH JAIL TIME. THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OUT OF JAIL. THIS IS MURDER, NEGLECT, AND BOTH OF THEM SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO REPRODUCE AGAIN.

  • Rickenhouse

    slap the whole book at them these two deserve it all they need to go down for MURDER!!! Not just these two need to be charged everyone in the home needs to be punished,.
    And there are some light comments about these two had let this be a man and women of color there would have been all kinds of trash talk thrown around.

    • Faye

      What color???? Purple Penguins??? Why is there always someone who throws in the race card?? This poor little girl was neglected and has died. I don’t care what color she was. If her Daddy was black and her Mama was white, the precious little girl is gone. Regardless of color, she will not be brought back to life by any recial comments or slurs. White, black, Hispanic, Asian, German, what ever “color” they may be, the parents were sorry excuses of human beings. They should be charged with felony child neglect resulting in first degree murder. They willfully and knowing knew the child was there and carelessly left her and neglectfully did not care to check on her for 16 hours so they were aware of what was going on, so they knew after not hearing her cry for a while, something must be wrong. Ahhhh, light bulb goes off, MAYBE, not with these fools, the Baby is dead already. 10 years, no where near enough time. They let an innocent child die because they wanted to drink. Hang them at the court house steps and bury them in a whiskey barrel and yes I fully be leave in the death penalty, especially when it comes to children and the elderly and men beating on woman and women beating on men. Abuse is abuse, either way. Color is only one the outside….we all look the same if you remove the skin. What makes us all different is our hearts, souls, and attitudes towards one another. I do t see color, I see spirits and attitudes.

      • Pat

        Faye I fully agree with u! Color or race has nothing to do with it! This poor little baby didn’t have a chance & all involved should face the consequences. It says other family members were with the mother of the child when she returned from work. The first thing most loving mothers do when getting home from work after being away from her child is to check on her even if she is asleep. Maybe if she had thought about the child first instead of getting drunk the child might still be alive. But the mother nor the grandmother even gave the child a thought! And according to this article the baby hadn’t received any type of medical care. What about the well check ups that the child is suppose to receive during that first yr….weight checks, shots, etc. That didn’t raise a concern for the grandparents or others? It sounds like this family didn’t need to have children in my opinion. It seems no one was concerned about this baby. So I again say that ALL in that home should be charged & not only with neglect but negligent homicide.

  • DanielleinDC (@VeggieTart)

    This couple should be sterilized, first for naming their kid Avarice and then for letting her die. And what about the dude’s mother and sister? Presumably they were at home and could either check on the kid or roust one of the parents to check on the kid.

    • Paula

      Knowing that the child had a breathing problem wouldn’t that was more of a reason to watch her more closely. Stupid jugheads. What she looking so mean about?

    • Lawrence

      This is all you have to say B Addy. You had plenty of shyt to say about Mike Brown!!! No comments from you about the little 10 year old white devil child who killed the 90 yr old lady either. You’re full of shyt!!!!

  • Daddy's girl

    So sorry for this little baby.
    I hope that the information given to the police about her not being taken to the doctor for her breathing problems didn’t come from anyone other than her parents.
    My reason for saying this is because if the grandmother or aunt knew this child wasn’t be ing cared for properly; then they too should be held accountable. There is an organization that could have helped this baby….. CPS…fyi: child protective services!!!
    To the parents of the baby I’m truly sorry for you but children before your drinking.

  • tana

    The news story makes it sound like she died because she was left alone for 16 hours unattended,,that was to soon for her to starve to death? when you read further you find out she had breathing problems to begin with that they had refused to take her for treatment,,,unfortunately the law probably reads that they can only be charged with neglect,,,even though we would all like to see them hanging in the street for 16 hours until it was certain they were dead,,,

  • Angel

    This is why some people should need a license to procreate. So sad for that little baby. I agree with Paula that they should be charged with murder.

  • Wendy

    Death sentence would be too good for these people. They need to sober up and realize what they have done. Ten years…. no where near enough time…. Life in prison…

  • gg

    There’s more to this story then what’s being told. They had to have been doing more then drinking. Plus being sick a$$ parents. How does a mother not check on her child it makes no sense. They are heartless. Poor baby girl May she rest in peace.

  • Nan

    It is hard to believe that noone looked in on that baby. It would have only taken a second to look in and check on the baby before going to bed or at anytime. People need to take the responsibility for their own actions. I don’t know the circumstances of the grandmother or Aunt living there but I wonder if they helped watch the baby? I guess not.

  • Valerie

    So NOONE in the family cared enough to check on a baby? They went out to drink but there were other adults home..it’s not like no one knew she was in the crib. They should all be charged. How sad.

  • chonta miller

    Its messed up about the poor baby I have 5step kids and I couldnt image not checking on them for 16 hrs. Im 21 im still a young adult but sometimes I think im more of an adult then someone in their 30.. I think they should be put in jail for life

    • Daddy's girl

      @Miller, age shouldn’t be a factor here. It should be common sense or the love of life itself. Grant it some think that age is a big factor; however there has been reports showing that both you adults and older adults can be real ignorant when it comes to the caring for another life (especially those whom can’t care for themselves…meaning infants, tots etcs. ).
      I applaud you being a responsible young adult and wished the world had more people like you. I can sincerely say that I was placed in an situation whereas I had to be responsible for my siblings at a very very young age. I can remember it being at the age of 7/8; but my older family recalls it at a much younger age (2 yrs. old). I never questioned the age that was giving to me because not only was it family members but also the community I lived in. I continued to this day; still making sure my now adult siblings; their children and their childrens’ children are never without. No, I ‘m not rich and I live from pay check to pay check. But the glory that I receive is knowing that none of them are homeless, without food nor without clothing. So dear keep up the good work!!!! God bless you!!!

    • Daddy's girl

      @Miller, age shouldn’t be a factor here. It should be common sense or the love of life itself. Grant it some think that age is a big factor; however there has been reports showing that both you adults and older adults can be real ignorant when it comes to the caring for another life (especially those whom can’t care for themselves…meaning infants, tots etcs. ).
      I applaud you being a responsible young adult and wished the world had more people like you. I can sincerely say that I was placed in an situation whereas I had to be responsible for my siblings at a very very young age. I can remember it being at the age of 7/8; but my older family recalls it at a much younger age (2 yrs. old). I never questioned the age that was giving to me because not only was it family members but also the community I lived in. I continue to this day; still making sure my now adult siblings; their children and their childrens’ children are never without. No, I ‘m not rich and I live from pay check to pay check. But the glory that I receive is knowing that none of them are homeless, without food nor without clothing. So dear keep up the good work!!!! God bless you!!!

  • BO

    C’mon people.Its just a baby.Little Muslims grow up to be terrorists and this one would have been like his parents.go ahead and lie and tell me you want them to keep breeding.This is a win for you.

  • Sue

    😡😡👎👎. I still say that it’s sad that we need a license to drive a car, but any idiot can be a “parent”!! I sure hope they go to jail if the situation in this article is truly all there is to the story!

  • Nancy Drew

    One word: BABYSITTER!! What a bunch of total waste products & f’ups!! Hope they get beaten up in prison! RIP baby girl – your next time around will be with real parents who adore you…..and treat you with respect and love that you so deserved!!

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