A Fall River father and his girlfriend are in police custody and facing charges of neglect after the death of his 14-year-old son Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Police responded to Green Street in Fall River around 7:45 a.m. for a 911 call reporting an unresponsive male, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found Jaclyn Marie Coleman performing CPR on 14-year-old David Almond, the son of her boyfriend, John Michael Almond. The unresponsive 14-year-old, who authorities said had intellectual disabilities, was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
According to the DA’s office, during the course of the investigation, police found evidence of daily use of narcotics by the adults in the home and determined that the 14-year-old’s twin, who is also intellectually disabled, was suffering from neglect. The boy and a third child who was living in the home are now both in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, according to the DA’s office.
John Michael Almond, 33, and Coleman, 26, were arrested Wednesday night and are both expected to be arraigned Thursday in Fall River District Court on charges of caretaker neglect of a disabled person and possession of a Class A drug. Coleman is also facing charges of assault and battery on a police officer and obstruction of justice.
According to the DA’s office, Coleman allegedly attempted to destroy a cellphone in the presence of police officers and then assaulted the officer that tried to stop her from doing so.
The charges of neglect are related to the care of the surviving 14-year-old, not David Almond, according to authorities. An autopsy is expected to be conducted on the deceased 14-year-old Thursday or Friday, which authorities said could result in updated charges.
“The investigation into his death remains extremely active,” the DA’s office said.
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