Two Lexington parents charged in two-month-old’s death appear in court

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Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) — The two Lexington parents arrested months after their two-month-old baby was found dead in their home appeared in court on Thursday.

After entering a plea of not guilty, the judge appointed Chendra Magar and Rahar Maya Rai with a court appointed lawyer.

“You are both charged with one count of criminal abuse 2nd degree- a child under 12. A Class D Felony,” said Judge Lindsay Thurston.

More charges could be added later.

The bond for both Magar and Rai is set at$100,000.

According to their arrest citations, back on June 25, 2023, officers responded to Centre Parkway in reference to a dead 2-month-old.

Through further investigation, it was revealed the child had bite marks on his face, arms and legs that were at different stages of healing. There was also internal bleeding in the child’s skull, eyes and scalp.

According to the father’s citation, he admitted he never noticed any injures to the child’s body and also admitted to drinking alcohol every day when at home with the infant.

According to the mother’s arrest citation, she admitted to allowing a 4-year-old sibling to be alone with the 2-month-old multiple times and had caught the 4-year-old abusing the child one week prior to his death. She allegedly also never sought medical attention for the 2-month-old.

Both Magar and Rai were arrested on March 6, 2023.

They are set to appear in court again on Tuesday March 12 at 8:30 a.m.

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