Pair charged with murder in toddler death

Matthew John Redance and Angel Lamm Kirby (Images courtesy Wilson Police Department)

December 7, 2010 12:59:12 PM PST
Police say they've charged a man and a woman with first-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old.

Wilson Public Information Officer John Slaughter said that on Thursday, November 29 at 9:46 p.m. Angel Lamm Kirby and Matthew John Redance called 911 to report that Angel Kirby’s 2-year-old daughter was unresponsive.

Kirby and Redance flagged down a Wilson Police Officer, who escorted them to the Wilson Medical Center. Alyssia Lynn Kirby was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Slaughter said an autopsy shows the toddler died as a result of injuries not consistent with natural causes. He did not elaborate.

Kirby and Redance were arrested Monday. Both were being held in the Wilson County Jail without bond.

Slaughter said the investigation is still ongoing and if anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to contact Detective McKenzie at (252) 399-2327, Sgt. Gardner at (252) 399-2331 or Crime Stoppers (252) 243-2255.

Funeral services for Alyssia Lynn Kirby were set for Friday.

An obituary said the child is survived by her father Avery Kirby, Jr. of Sharpsburg.

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