Who are Sage Wright and Christian Bishop? Couple arrested after baby died covered in sores
According to the arrest warrants, the child appeared to be severely malnourished and had sores on her body
WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS: Sage Wright, 22, and Christian Bishop-Torrence, 24, were arrested Friday, June 18, 2021, after their one-year-old baby girl died under their care. Their baby girl died gasping for air, covered in dirt, sores and blisters. She allegedly weighed eight pounds at the time of her death. The couple was arrested following the two warrants for the offense of Injury to a Child, Elderly, or Disabled Person with intent of causing serious bodily injury or mental injury.
The parents are being held in the Wichita County jail on bonds of $500,000. This is not the first account of the charge of negligence by parents. A Hialeah woman was arrested on Sunday, June 6, for allegedly abusing her five-week-old daughter. A California mom, Eustajia Mojica Dominguez killed her 3-year-old Jessica Campos by leaving her in the car for over three hours as reported on June 5. The temperature inside the car had risen to 100 degrees Fahrenheit by then. Florida couple Blake Pavey, 34, and 33-year-old Kaitlyn Van Dorn were arrested on May 29 after their 21-month-old baby boy died by overdosing on cocaine. A Maryland mother was charged with attempted murder after she allegedly cut her three-year-old daughter’s neck with scissors on March 27.
According to the arrest affidavit, obtained by kxan, Bishop-Torrence checked on his one-year-old daughter before leaving the house to get fast food. He said he saw his daughter take slow shallow breaths and heard a rattle when she exhaled. This is when he rushed his daughter out to his friend’s car and took her to the emergency room at United Regional Hospital. However, the officials claimed that the child seemed to be plastered in dirt with small, circular blisters on her lower back and buttocks upon observation.
The one-year-old weighed only eight pounds which is below the average weight of 22-24 for a one-year-old. According to the affidavit, her parents said that they took notice of her losing weight since January but did not seek medical help. Dr Suzanne Dakil, who conducted a forensic exam wrote in her report, "Even though a small chance exists that a genetic or metabolic problem could cause weight loss, normal newborn screens and the lack of family history would make this highly unlikely."
Wright then admitted that she had not bonded with the little girl in the way that she had with her two other children. The couple declared indigency and requested court-appointed attorneys on June 19.