Jacksonville mother faces judge for death of infant child

Jacksonville mother faces judge for death of infant child

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - A Jacksonville woman appeared in court Monday for the death of her infant child.

Barbara Unser, 23, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. According to police, Unser left her 10-month-old son, Alexander James Froland, unsupervised in a bathtub at their home on the 100 block of Westminster Drive. Officers got the call on Wednesday.

The baby was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A memorial service for Unser's 10-month-old son was held right after Unser's court appearance, at the Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville Monday afternoon.

Pat Sawyer lives across the street from Unser. She said she looked out her window on Wednesday, only to see police cars and fire trucks lining the street.

"No more than ten minutes later, one of the EMTs brought out a child draped across his arms and the child was not moving," said Sawyer.

Marie Whaley has lived in Unser's neighborhood for more than 40 years. She said nothing like this has ever happened before.

"I saw a man on the front porch, like he was doing CPR. It was kind of heart breaking," Whaley said.

Unser was released from jail on a $60,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 20.

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