YORK, Pa. (WPMT) -- Between May 2017 and August 2018, Children & Youth Services in Pennsylvania received several reports of inadequate food and clothing, inadequate hygiene, homelessness, inappropriate caregivers, and inappropriate discipline regarding the care of a 2-year-old boy killed last year in York, according to a summary of child fatalities and near-fatalities from 2018 released by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Tuesday.
Dante Mullinix died on Sept. 14, 2018, at Hershey Medical Center, eight days after being transferred there from York Hospital, where he was dropped off by Tyree Bowie on Sept. 7.
Bowie, 40, is charged with criminal homicide in the child’s death.
According to the criminal complaint, Bowie allegedly admitted to police on September 7 he was the one person caring for the boy when he stopped breathing, adding that he fed Dante animal crackers in the area of the 700 block of North George Street and noticed the child was not breathing as he approached the area of South George and East Maple Street. That’s when Bowie rushed the boy to the hospital.
Dante Mullinix’s mother Leah Mullinix is charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the case.
Leah spoke with FOX43 on September 18, 2018. She told FOX43 that she left Dante with a babysitter, Bowie, because she had a migraine and was going to the emergency room. Leah said that at the time she was dropped off, her child was fine, FaceTiming him around 9 p.m. on September 6.
“And then he FaceTimed me again after 10 p.m., flipping out saying, 'He’s not breathing, he’s not breathing,’ and then I was just like, ‘Call the ambulance, bring him to the hospital or something because my son needs medical attention.’ I told him that multiple times and then he finally brought him in. My son was completely limp, he gave him to a nurse, and then he took off,” Leah told FOX43.
At the time of his death, Dante reportedly had bruises all over his body, bleeding on the brain, and a compressed neck.
Bowie is being held without bail in York County Prison. He’s expected back in court on June 13.
Leah Mullinex waived a preliminary hearing in January.