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Parents charged in baby's death

Lisa and Landon Taylor Lisa and Landon Taylor

Cedar Rapids (KWWL) -- Tuesday night, the family of Landon and Lisa Taylor gathered outside of Metro High School in Cedar Rapids to issue the following statement:

"We the family of Landon, Lisa and Emrys Taylor would like to take the time to express our feelings of sadness at the loss of our precious Emrys," says family spokesperson Cymaron Dawson.  "This is a time of sadness and grief and also a time when we are desperately in need of the prayers and support of everyone. We are asking that the media and the public be aware of the fact that a negative public response only intensifies the grieving process."

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from the Taylor's home Thursday morning. They arrived to find their six-month old son Emrys not breathing. He was taken to Mercy Hospital where he died. On Tuesday police arrested his parents, Landon and Lisa, on charges of child endangerment.

"Emrys was left unattended for an extended period of time that a normal prudent person wouldn't have left their child for that long," says Sergeant Cristy Hamblin of the Cedar Rapids police.

Lisa's sister, Leslie is one of several family members who disagrees. She says Emrys was simply in another room sleeping.

"Landon and Lisa have always been very loving and responsible parents and we believe that they will emerge victorious in the end," says Dawson.

News of Emrys' death as well as Tuesday's arrests have left this neighborhood in shock.

"Oh god. It was horrible," says neighbor Tracie Gogel.  "I couldn't believe that even happened. That little baby suffered like that."

"As a parent we always think everything could be prevented," says Hamblin.  "In this case it truly could have been prevented with adequate supervision."

Police say they are still waiting for results of the autopsy. If convicted of child endangerment, Landon and Lisa Taylor could face up to 25 years in prison.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel


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