HAGATNA, Guam (AP)—Murder charges have been filed against a Guam woman accused of abusing and neglecting her 2-month-old son who died in September.
Pacific Daily News reports Melenie Irene Margaret Villagomez Borja pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness Wednesday at Guam Superior Court.
Borja faces charges of aggravated murder and first-degree murder, plus charges of manslaughter, child abuse and negligent homicide in connection with the Sept. 24 death of the infant, Joziyah Matthew Borja.
Borja also faces allegations of aggravated assault, as well as seven new counts of child abuse, with each charge referring to a different child at her home.
The medical examiner determined the infant died of neglect, was malnourished and hadn’t received medical attention.
Borja faces life in prison if convicted of aggravated murder.