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Parents charged with murder after death of newborn

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) - Nevaeh Landell was only on this earth for 10 weeks before she passed away in March. Now, her parents are in jail, charged in connection with her death.

Herbert Landell, 26, and his wife, 25-year-old Lauren Fristed were charged with felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery after police say Nevaeh was not properly fed, clothed, lived in unsanitary conditions and was never given medical attention due to the couple's religious beliefs.

According to the arrest warrant, baby Landell was fed with breast milk mixed with water.

"She sent me a photo and said the baby was blue," said a family friend who didn't want to be identified. He says Fristed called him right before Nevaeh passed away on March 25. 

Looking back, he said the warning signs were there.

"I noticed she stayed the same size...not small...just the same size. I remember wanting to suggest putting some cereal in her milk or something because she wasn't filling her clothes," said the family friend. 

The family friend also said the father didn't believe in any care that wasn't natural.

"He didn't want artificial stuff in the baby, he wanted the baby to be natural...natural milk, natural food," said the family friend. 

He went on to say that he supports the couple's spiritual choices and believes they weren't trying to hurt their newborn. However, he also admitted that their ignorance led to their daughter's death.

"She thought that was the right thing to do," said the family friend. "She had no idea how to raise a child."

Police were notified by hospital staff after Nevaeh's parents took her to the emergency room on March 25. The child was pronounced dead on arrival and police say the medical staff contacted them due to the suspicious nature of Nevaeh's death.

The couple is in the Gwinnett County jail. Both parents were denied bond and a preliminary hearing is set for May 15.

In the meantime, CBS46 was told Nevaeh's organs will be donated.

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