Russell County

Two charged in death of Castlewood newborn

RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. - Russell County sheriff's deputies have arrested two people in connection to a murder investigation following a special grand jury meeting earlier this week.

The case involves a newborn baby found dead in June. Investigators say the baby's mother, Jamie Necole Lawson of Castlewood, is charged with felony murder, child neglect, and conspiracy to dispose of a body.

A second person, Ashley Dawn Couch, is being charged with conspiracy to dispose of a body.

Officers will not say what led to the charges, only that the newborn's body was found in June. The charges were filed after an autopsy was performed to make sure the baby was not stillborn.

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