Albany, Georgia mother Tessa Soilberry was arrested Saturday after law enforcement officials were called to her home to report the death of her infant. Upon entering the home, investigators noticed that there were five other children in the house that was deemed unfit to live in because of the amount filth and disarray. The baby, named Kingston, was only six months old and the child’s death has preliminarily been ruled possible natural causes. According to law enforcement officials, four of the five children present in the house belonged to Soilberry. The children have since been removed from the home and are staying with family members.
Many family members defended Soilberry and stated the incident was not all her fault. Rosetta Mitchell, the grandmother of one of the children, said, “She needs help. She don’t need to be locked up. She don’t need to be scandalized. She needs help.” Mitchell went on to state, “No one has come to help. They just come to complain and look and talk about how it is. She has four children. She is unemployed. She don’t have no income…. I want the officials to turn her loose so she can bury her baby and find some place to stay.”
At this time, the family is simply cleaning the apartment and trying to raise the $5,000 bail in order to get Soilberry out in time to bury her child. Soilberry was not charged for the child’s death. She was charged with five counts of reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of children.