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Woman, 33, arrested following her newborn's death

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - 33-year-old Melenie Irene Margaret Villagomez Borja was arrested on Thursday following an investigation into the death of her 2-month-old baby boy, Joziyah.

It was last Wednesday the infant was brought to the Guam Memorial Hospital by medics and pronounced dead shortly after.

According to Police Spokesperson Officer Paul Tapao, medics noted that Joziyah was unconscious, unresponsive, breathless, and pulseless prompting the investigation that involved not only GPD, but the Attorney General's Office, Child Protective Services, and the Department of Public Health.

On Wednesday, medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola completed his autopsy on the infant ruling the death to be malnutrition with the manner of death as homicide by omission or neglect.

Dr. Espinola stated the baby was extremely underweight at only six pounds four ounces.

Following Borja's arrest, Tapao noted that Joziyah has six other siblings, but did not disclose their ages. The other children were all interviewed by authorities to determine their living conditions in their Dededo home. Tapao notes they appear to be in good health and are now in the custody of CPS.

No further information was provided on whether Joziyah's father will be arrested.
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