Family charged in death of Rockbridge Co. infant

Family charged in death of Rockbridge Co. infant

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The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office has charged the father, mother and grandmother of an infant with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse after the child's death. Seven-month old Jake Wesley Slagle, was found unresponsive and not breathing after a 911 call on August 31st, 2013.

The three have also been charged with three counts each of felony child neglect and abuse due to "their alleged lack of care of the three other children " living at the house when the infant died.

William Daniel Slagle, Heather Deann Ruley, and Patricia Tyree Ruley were arrested today and are being held in the Rockbridge Regional Jail. William Slagle's bond was denied, bond was set at $25,000 for Heather Ruley and $10,000 for Patricia Ruley. Their arraignment will take place on Monday.

On September 4th, WSLS's Tim Ciesco reported that a search warrant affidavit showed that investigators found "deplorable" living conditions at the home on Rosemary Lane outside Lexington. Walls and floors were covered with filth, and roaches and fleas were everywhere.

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