Mom of dead baby pleads not guilty to abuse charges

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The mother charged with abuse in the death of her severely malnourished 15-month-old daughter pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Denise Janelle Snow-Ingram is due back in court on Sept. 12.

Police arrested her and her husband, Ernest Ingram, on July 10 after responding to an emergency call about a child not breathing.

The baby girl, who weighed less than 9 pounds, later died at a hospital.

In addition to suffering from "profound malnutrition," the baby also had several fractured bones, according to police.

What's more, the child had not seen a doctor since she was born. Her parents reportedly cited religious beliefs, although they did not state what religion they practice.

After her arrest, Snow-Ingram denied the allegations of abuse, telling a judge that neither she nor her husband had ever mistreated any of their seven children. The couple's six remaining children have been placed in temporary foster care.

Child Protective Services investigated Snow-Ingram in 2012, shortly after the little girl was born. The agency deemed the home safe.

Neighbors, however, said things did not seem right there.

"There were seven kids living in the house," neighbor John Donohu said, "never allowed to come out and play, never allowed to do anything, never outside."

Ingram, also charged in connection with the baby's death, entered his own not-guilty plea on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.