9:49 AM EST, November 15, 2012
A judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of an Indianapolis mother accused of murdering her 2-month-old son.
Bambi Glazebrook is charged with murder and neglect of a dependent. She was arrested Thursday night after police found Philip Robey dead in Glazebrook’s home.
As Glazebrook appeared confused in court Wednesday, family members are also giving conflicting statements over the investigation of her two-month-old son's death -- specifically, whether authorities had taken action to check up on Philip after relatives made multiple reports of neglect.
The baby was found not breathing when first responders arrived at the home. Court documents say he was grossly malnourished, weighed less than six pounds and was sleeping in a drawer.
Glazebrook's father, Phillip Brahlek, told Fox59 DCS never showed up to Bambi's current home. Instead, written notices were found in an old home the two lived in three miles away.
However, a relative told us a different story last week.
"They came out, knocked on the door, couldn't get an answer and then left,” said Martha Robertson, a relative who lives next door.
While DCS can't comment on the case, DCS spokesperson Stephanie McFarland said case workers have limited authority when it comes to entering a victim's home. Many times, substantial evidence must be needed to issue a court order by a judge. Even then, if a family is not at home or nowhere to be found, there is only so much they can do.
"They're not criminal investigators. They do not have search and seizure authority like law enforcement does,” said McFarland. "In fact, when they get to the door, all they can do is knock on the door. When you're not able to find the family at the location that you've been given or locations you've been given, that makes it very difficult."