Elizabethtown woman charged with suffocating infant daughter
LANCASTER COUNTY —
An Elizabethtown woman is charged with killing her infant daughter last month in her home.
Candace Parrow, 23, was charged with homicide, aggravated assault and strangulation regarding the July 16 death of her 4-month-old daughter.
That evening, police responded to Parrrow's East Orange Street apartment just after 10 p.m., and found the child unresponsive and discolored beyond help.
The infant was taken to Hershey Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.
At the apartment, police say Parrow was very distraught and made statements about being "blamed again for this." Police were later able to determine that Parrow had a previous child who died out of state.
A neighbor told police that Parrow had called her over after saying her child was dead.
The infant's father was at work from 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., when he learned about the incident.
His supervisor, and his time card, confirmed he was at work during the time of the death, meaning Parrow was home alone with the child.
The father told police he had a FaceTime conversation with Parrow around 8:30 p.m., and the child appeared healthy.
Parrow told officers she put the baby to sleep, went to do dishes in another room, and returned to find her child unresponsive.
Police say their investigation revealed that Parrow did not wash any dishes, as the only dishes found in the home were dirty.
Parrow's version of events also changed during separate interviews, according to police.
The child's father said that Parrow had issues in the past with the baby's crying and would become very upset.
"It makes me sick. It makes me really sick and the way she walked back and forth acting like nothing happened," explained neighbor, Angi Zellers, with tears in her eyes.
An autopsy ruled the child's death as homicide caused by strangulation ad suffocation.