Man pleads not guilty in malnourished girl's death

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Ernest G. Ingram By Catherine Holland Ernest G. Ingram By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A 38-year-old man charged along with his wife with child abuse in the death of their severely malnourished 15-month-old daughter has pleaded not guilty.
Ernest Ingram entered the plea Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Phoenix police responded to the couple's home on July 10 after receiving a call from the mother that the child wasn't breathing. The infant later died at a hospital.
According to police, the parents said the child hadn't seen a doctor since birth due to their religious beliefs.
Police said the girl weighed less than 9 pounds and suffered from "profound malnutrition," along with numerous bone fractures.