A Utah couple have been charged with murder after the mother's 13-day-old baby boy died after suffering severe abuse and neglect.
The West Jordan Police Department confirmed Maria Elena Sullivan, 26, and Dylan James Kitzmiller, 21, were arrested Friday night and charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse.
The negligent mother knowingly left her child under supervision of her violent boyfriend who reportedly 'had thrown the baby around, slapped him in the face, bit his hands, swaddled him face down and once covered the baby's mouth with his hand as he cried,' according to Fox 13 Salt Lake City.
Authorities were made aware of the disturbing acts after Sullivan, who had a warrant out for her arrest.
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Maria Elena Sullivan, 26, (left) and Dylan James Kitzmiller, 21, (right) were arrested Friday night and charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse
The 13-day-old baby died after being neglected, and abused by his mother's boyfriend who 'slapped, bit and suffocated' the infant
She checked into a local hospital that evening and was caught after staff reported alarming statements she told them during the visit.
She later admitted to police to having knowledge of her heroin-addicted boyfriend's behavior - and revealed to a friend the day of her baby's death that she needed to 'get away' from Kitzmiller.
The baby was just shy of two weeks old when he tragically died September 17.
Sullivan said the underfed baby stopped