Navy Wife Charged With Baby's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 21-year-old Navy wife accused of fatally neglecting her 18-month-old daughter, then storing her body for weeks in a garbage bag, was ordered held on 500-thousand dollars bail today in Washington state.

Richeal Rhoades was arrested yesterday for investigation of manslaughter and booked into the Kitsap County Jail. Prosecutors
said the woman had moved to a Naval housing area in Bremerton in
August as her sailor husband, Michael Rhoades, prepared to leave
from Kings Bay, Georgia, aboard the U-S-S Maine. The Trident submarine has been relocated to the Bangor sub base near Bremerton.

To Naval Criminal Investigative Service officers, the woman described a steadily worsening depression, which led her to do the bare minimum for her two children, 18-month-old Brenda three-year-old Michael. She said a week before Thanksgiving, she left the window open all night in the little girl's room to air out the stench of dirty diapers, then found the child had a 102-degree temperature the next day.

She told investigators she found Brenda dead in her room after leaving the baby alone for 40 to 44 hours. She put the child's body in a black plastic garbage bag, which she put into a box on the porch.

Her husband's submarine arrived Sunday at Bangor, and he apparently learned of the baby's death that night.

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