Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy on Thursday announced charges against parents in five child abuse and death cases.
Worthy said the children were put in negligent situations by their parents, resulting in some of their deaths.
“The children that are dead in these cases are just as dead as if they had been shot by a bullet or battered to death," she said.
2 women charged in boy’s drowning in hotel pool
Wilma Gissantaner, 51, and Cheneka Gardner, 28, both of Detroit are charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse for the Oct. 5, 2012, death of a 5-year-old boy.
Gissantaner and Gardner are accused of being intoxicated while watching the boy and more than a dozen other children in the pool at a birthday party.
Gissantaner noticed the boy – who was unable to hear or speak – face down in the pool. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Detroit mother charged in 6-month-old daughter’s death
Eleanor Crosby, 21, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse for the Dec. 4, 2011, death of her daughter.
Crosby is accused of being intoxicated and falling asleep on her daughter in a bed.
Parents accused of leaving premature infant unsupervised
Terri Julite and Saad Al-Asadi, of Dearborn Heights, are accused of leaving their premature infant son in unsafe sleeping conditions that ultimately led to his death.
While the family was staying at a hotel in Allen Park in January, the parents are accused of leaving the 6-month-old boy in a crib that had medial equipment and blankets in it.
The parents were in one room and their children, 9, 12, and 6 months old , were in another room.
Julite and Al-Asadi are accused of leaving the infant in the care of his siblings, minors, and not monitoring his condition.
The infant was found dead by one of his siblings.
Julite is charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
Al-Asadi is charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.