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Indianapolis mom faces murder charge in baby's starvation

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 8:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman is facing murder and neglect charges in the starvation death of her 2-month-old boy, who weighed 5 pounds at the time of his death and was described by police as "mere skin and bones."

Phillip Robey died Thursday, weeks after a family acquaintance urged his mother to get him medical help, Indianapolis Metro Police Detective Tom Tudor said in a probable cause affidavit.

The child's mother, Bambi Glazebrook, 29, faces preliminary charges of murder and neglect. An initial hearing on the charges was scheduled for Wednesday. She was being held Tuesday in the Marion County Jail, where records did not indicate whether she had an attorney.

At the time of his death, Phillip was "mere skin and bones. His eyes were open and protruding from his head," Tudor said in the affidavit filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court.

Glazebrook called police to her home Thursday afternoon, reporting the boy was not breathing. She told Tudor the boy had "seemed fine" about 2 p.m. that day, then began to fuss, so she made him a bottle of formula. When she brought it to him at 3 p.m., she noticed he had soiled his diaper, and when she went to change it, his leg felt stiff. She then noticed he wasn't breathing.

However, a doctor who pronounced Phillip dead 15 minutes later said rigor mortis already was setting in and the boy had been dead for hours, Tudor said.

"The scene inside the residence was deplorable and unfit for human habitation. I learned that the victim had been sleeping a drawer located in an entertainment center located in the living room," Tudor wrote in the affidavit.

A 2-year-old child of Glazebrook's living in the home also showed signs of being malnourished and was turned over to custody of the child protection officials, police said.

According to the affidavit, a relative and a family acquaintance confronted Glazebrook about Phillip's condition in recent weeks only to be ignored or rebuffed in their pleas to get the boy medical help.

The Indiana Department of Child Services had received a report recently on conditions on the home and was in the process of trying to locate the family at the time of the boy's death, spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland said. The affidavit noted that "other children previously had been removed from the residence by CPS."