Parents Accused of Neglect Causing Son's Death

MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's been almost a year since a fourth-grade student suffering from muscular dystrophy died in Mingo County.

Now his parents are accused of neglect causing his death.

Friends of Zachary Baisden say despite being confined to a wheelchair, he was one of the most positive kids they knew.

Logan Perry was Zach's classmate at Riverside Elementary in Williamson.

“He said he wanted to be a doctor so he could prevent things that he had with other kids so they couldn't get it," Perry said.

Ten-year-old Zachary from the Merrimac area of Mingo County died May 11 last year.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Maynard says doctors said he died because of complications with pneumonia. But after an investigation by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department requested by the medical examiner's office, almost a year later his parents Scott and Brandi Baisden were indicted on child neglect causing their son's death.

Maynard says toxicology reports showed Zachary had been given high doses of over-the-counter cold medication, along with Zanax, which was prescribed to Zachary’s father.

Maynard says the combination caused Zachary to get even sicker and have serious problems with his lungs. Maynard says this began in October of 2011, seven months before his death.

Maynard also says workers at Zachary’s school told his parents they needed to take him to a doctor, but they did not.

"If he'd retrieved appropriate treatment for that and everybody had taken appropriate steps, it could have been prevented," Maynard said.

People in the community say losing a young life is always heartbreaking, but knowing the parents are accused of being responsible makes it that much more tragic.

"It's terrible,” Logan’s mother Bernadean Perry said. “I mean, who could do that to their child? I wouldn't even give my kid Tylenol if the doctor didn't say to."

Maynard says the couple has been placed on home confinement, and the father was granted a work release. Their bond was set at $50,000 each.

Maynard says the couple pled not guilty at their arraignment Monday.

The family says they have no comment at this time.

Their trial has been set for June 11.


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