Two people have been charged in connection to the November 2011 death of their infant son, according to York City Police.
Eric Clapper Sr. and Heather Almoney were arrested by York City Detectives on Friday and charged in the death of Eric Clapper Jr., police said.
Clapper, 32, and Almoney, 30, were arraigned on homicide charges for failing to provide life sustaining care; their son suffered from starvation and dehydration, police said.
Eric Clapper Jr., was born premature on Sept. 1, and weighed 5 pounds and 3.1 ounces, but at the time of his death on Nov. 12, he weighed 3 ½ pounds, according to court documents. .
On that date, York City Police were dispatched to the family's home at 129 Edgar St. in York for cardiac arrest; the infant was taken by ambulance to York Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:43 p.m., those documents indicate.
Clapper and Almoney told authorities they fed the infant three to four times a day when they were interviewed, court documents said.
Almoney stated that she tried to feed her son Enfamil every two to three hours and also gave him vitamins and caffeine once a day, court documents said. Almoney also said she took her son to Thomas Hart Family Practice in October, police said.
But police said the Thomas Hart Family Practice had never seen the victim there, although several appointments had been made and then canceled.
An autopsy was conducted on Nov. 15 by Dr. Samuel Land of Forensic Pathology Associates. He found the cause of death to be hypermatremic dehydration and malnutrition, court documents said.
Dr. Land also indicated that the infant died because of "inappropriate administration of food and water," according to those documents.