At approximately 9:23 AM on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Jacksonville Police Patrol officers were dispatched to a residence on the 100 block of Westminster Drive to a report of a juvenile not breathing and unresponsive. Responding JFD Firefighters initiated life saving measures. Onslow County Emergency Services transported the subject to Onslow Memorial Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
The Jacksonville Police Department Investigative Division conducted an investigation into the incident. After completing the extensive investigation, warrants were issued for the child’s mother. Barbara Unser has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Misdemeanor Child Abuse, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. Unser was placed into the Onslow County Jail under a $60,000 secured bond.
“Even though an arrest has been made in this incident, it is still an active and ongoing investigation” stated Captain Jason Bettis of the Investigative Division. There are no further details to release at this time.