A mother who claimed her child died after being ‘stuck’ in a sofa is charged with murder three years later

Brandy Lynn Parker, 39, was arrested for murder in Virginia (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

Brandy Lynn Parker, 39, was arrested for murder in Virginia (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

A mother has been arrested for the murder of her three-year-old toddler after claiming the one-year-old died after getting ‘stuck’ on a sofa.

Brandy Lynn Parker, 39, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with one count of murder and one count of child abuse and neglect resulting in grievous bodily harm, according to Law & Crime.

The Lynchburg Police Department said in a news release that officers responded to a 911 call around 10:40 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2020, about a baby discovered not breathing in an apartment building on Terre Drive. .

Ms Parker was later identified as having made the call.

When officers arrived, they continued the rescue efforts started by Ms Parker until Lynchburg firefighters arrived, who attempted to save the child, taking the toddler to Lynchburg General Hospital in an ambulance. Shortly after the child arrived at the hospital, the toddler was pronounced dead.

A search warrant has been issued for a blood sample to be taken from Ms Parker. The warrant says Ms Parker called 911, saying her other child, aged two, “fell asleep over the [victim] on the couch. Parker reportedly added that she had located the victim ‘stuck in the couch’.

After taking the victim to the hospital, officers still at the scene said they “detected the smell of alcohol coming from Parker.”

The mother said she had been drinking the night before.

Child Protective Services (CPS) were called. Ms Parker agreed to take a preliminary blood test carried out by the CPS officer, showing she had a blood alcohol level of 0.14.

Authorities took a blood sample from Ms Parker for testing, saying it was ‘due to her being the sole caretaker of the [victim] and was two years old at the time of the child’s death.

According to the warrant, police also took a bottle, a blanket, formula, two onesies and “swabs from the suspected death area” during their investigation at the residence.

Ms. Parker is being held at Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

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