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Woman Charged with Two Counts of Child Neglect

A Pensacola woman whose boyfriend was charged with homicide after her son died last month was arrested this afternoon. Mary Riddle, 25, of 500 E. Fairfield Dr. was arrested around 3:45 p.m. She was charged with two counts of child neglect with great bodily harm.

Her boyfriend – Alonzo Thompkins, 26, of the same address – was arrested August 8 after Riddle called police when she returned home and found the two-year-old boy was not breathing. Thompkins had been left alone with the child.

Riddle was charged after detectives responded to the residence and determined two children living there – a five-year-old male and a 10-month-old female – were not receiving proper medical care and supervision for medical conditions.

Thompkins was charged on August 8 with one count of aggravated child abuse. A second charge of aggravated child abuse was placed on him August 9 after an investigation determined a three-year-old child in the residence had multiple bruises on her body and a broken collar bone.

One of the aggravated child abuse counts on Thompkins was upgraded on August 12 to homicide based upon a preliminary autopsy report on the two-year-old boy.

The three children were removed from the residence and placed in protective custody where they are receiving proper medical attention.

Detectives Shannan Briarton and Lisa Alverson were the investigators on this case.

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