- Associated Press - Monday, November 2, 2020

NEWPORT NEWS, Va, (AP) - A Virginia mother was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the starvation death of her 4-year-old daughter last year, authorities said.

After a month-long investigation, Jacqueline Christine Wingo, 26, is charged in the Sept. 12, 2019 death of her 4-year-old daughter, Lilliana Rose Douglas, the Daily Press of Newport News reported.

Newport News police said Wingo also is charged with two counts of felony child neglect, one for the 4-year-old girl and her sister.

The older daughter, who was 5 at the time of her sister’s death, told a Newport News police detective a year ago that she and Lilliana would often try to find food to eat, the newspaper reported. Arrest warrants filed last week by Newport News police detective said the older girl told investigators that the two were grounded for stealing food, peanut butter and blueberries, and that they went days without food.

The complaint doesn’t say how much Lilliana’s weight had changed over that time, but it cites medical records showing that her sister lost a significant amount of weight for her size.

Wingo is being held without bond at the Newport News City Jail. Her attorney, Angela M. Davis, did not return a call last week seeking comment.

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