A father, mother, and grandmother have been charged in connection to the death of a 7-month-old baby last August in Rockbridge County.
William Daniel Slagle, Heather Deann Ruley, and Patricia Tyree Ruley were each charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse. The Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office says their neglect led to the death of Jake Wesley Slagle.
All three also have been charged with three counts of felony child neglect and abuse for their “alleged lack of care of the three other children that were living in the home at the time of Jake’s death,” according to the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office. According to a search warrant, "when deputies arrived at the home several other children were in various states of undress and at least one child was covered in feces."
The search warrant states that roaches and fleas were crawling everywhere.
The three suspects were arrested Thursday and are being held in the Rockbridge Regional Jail. Slagle was denied bond. Bond was set at $25,000 for Heather Ruley and $10,000 for Patricia Ruley.
The three are scheduled to be arraigned in Rockbridge County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Monday.