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Police: Children of parents arrested for child abuse have no records

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PHOENIX -

A 15-month-old baby found not breathing. It's a story that's been developing over the past 24 hours. Now, we're learning new information about her parents who were both arrested in this case.

The 15-month-old had 6 siblings, and police say it appears the kids were living in a very controlling environment.

The baby was found extremely underweight. The little girl even had some cracked ribs. But her mom says she didn't do anything wrong.

Ernest Ingram and Denise Snow-Ingram have 7 children, the oldest 12 years, the youngest, 15 months. But that 15-month-old died Wednesday.

In court, the little girl's mom denied any abuse.

"I don't know what happened, she died suddenly on me. We have never ever abused our children," says Snow-Ingram.

But police tell a very different story. When they found the 15-month-old she weighed just 8 pounds 8 ounces, and was clearly malnourished. Neighbors rarely saw the couple's children.

"I have never seen a baby and never seen a woman. I have never seen a woman come out at all. So that was surprising to hear, that there was a 15-month-old, cause we have a 14-month-old and she is like 20 pounds and to hear that she was 9 pounds, that really hit home," says neighbor Charlie Showmaker.

The 7 kids and 2 parents all lived in this 2-bedroom one-bathroom apartment near 7th Avenue and Camelback.

"We never heard of them going to school. We never heard of them going to play. Like I said I have never seen her even take a step out of the place."

According to police, the parents hadn't taken their severely underweight baby to the doctor since she was born.

The other children are a bit of mystery too. Police can't seem to find any of their records.

"Whether it be medical records, birth records, schooling, those kinds of those things that we are trying to locate and are having a difficult time," says Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.

"It is very sad when our officers have temporary custody of these children and they are excited about seeing out a window and playing on equipment we have at one of our facilities, like this is something new. All of that is a little bit disturbing."

The couples bond was set at a quarter of a million dollars each.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed and depending on the results, police tell us they could upgrade the charges against the parents.

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