Rocky Mount mother and her boyfriend charged in death of 1-year old found in bathtub

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Police have charged the mother for child abuse after a 1-year-old child was found dead in a Rocky Mount home Sunday.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- Police have charged the mother for child abuse after a 1-year-old child was found dead in a Rocky Mount home Sunday.

Officers responded to calls about a child identified as Romie Tyler III who was unresponsive in a bathtub in the 600 block of Paul Street at around 9:00 a.m.

The child was taken to the hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

Officials say Romie had a substantial amount of injuries on his body.

Officers have charged Romie's mother, Sierra Eley, 27, with felony child abuse, and Eley's boyfriend Marcus Richardson, 30, with first degree murder and felony child abuse.

Eley and Richardson will appear in court on Monday.

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