A Columbia couple have been charged with criminal homicide and related crimes in the death of their infant son.
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced the charges Wednesday against 24-year-old Andrew R. Moyer Sr. and 23-year-old Brianna E. Michael.
In addition to criminal homicide, each were charged with criminal conspiracy to commit homicide, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child.
The infant, six-week-old Andrew R. Moyer Jr., died Thursday at the couple's home on the 100 block of Locust Street. An autopsy Friday determined the baby's death was a homicide.
District Attorney Craig Stedman told abc27 the couple tortured the baby, refused to get him medical treatment, and struck him on the head until he died.
Stedman said an autopsy report showed that the baby had been abused for a week or two before dying of the head injuries. Stedman said the autopsy also showed the baby suffered multiple traumatic injuries in addition to those to his head, including nine broken ribs, facial injuries, burn marks and massive injuries to his genitals.
"It is hard to accept the reality of how tragic and terrible this case is," Stedman told abc27. "The number one role of a parent is to protect your children, and what took place here is almost unthinkable."
Stedman said there is no chance the injuries were accidental. He said he has not ruled out seeking the death penalty in the case.
Moyer and Michael are being held in the Lancaster County Prison without bail.
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