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Newton parents charged in death of baby

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NEWTON (KWWL) -- Two Newton parents are charged with neglect in the death of their baby.

Police arrested and charged Alan Meador and Jessica Lenze after their baby died of dehydration.

According to police reports, authorities responded to a call about a baby not breathing on January 20, 2008. Emergency officials found 1-year-old Domanic Meador dead. An autopsy showed he died of dehydration.

Authorities say Meador and Lenze had closed all the air vents in the apartment except the one in the baby's bedroom and had set the thermostat between 70 and 75 degrees so the child could sweat out a cold. Investigators determined the temperature in the child's room was between 90 and 106 degrees.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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