DHS is seeking to terminate Russell’s parental rights.
A telephone call to DHS on the day the child died reported suspected alcohol abuse and marijuana use in the residence. A second call reported Lambert had been released from prison for "attempting to kill” his infant son and that Russell had allowed him back in the home after his release.
Police reported in 1998 that Lambert confessed to placing a rag over his then 2-month-old son’s mouth because he was crying. The infant suffered injuries from lack of oxygen and had bruising around his eyes, a broken collarbone and a broken leg.
Lambert’s parental rights were terminated and he served almost nine years of a 20-year sentence on the abuse charge. He also was on probation in the 1990s for drug offenses.
Lambert and Russell waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Nov. 13. Russell is due back in court Jan. 6 for a pre-trial conference, and Lambert is to return Jan. 5 for a competency evaluation.