Dead NC baby found, mom covered in blood in ‘filthy’ home, officials say

Jerry Allen Jr. (left) and mom Stephanie Amber Tillman with an image of their home. Photos from WBTV

DALLAS, N.C. (WBTV) – Investigators describe horrific conditions, including human and animal waste, inside the home where six-month-old Jerry Allen Jr. was found dead on Christmas Eve.

A statement from the Sheriff’s Office says deputies and EMS were dispatched to the 1700 block of Temple Lane in Dallas, NC when the father of the child, Jerry Allen, called 911. He says he came home from work to find his son unresponsive, naked, and alone on the living room sofa.

Allen also told investigators that his wife, Stephanie Amber Tillman, 30, was in a back bedroom with their other two children, ages 3 and 4. The other children were awake and naked when found.

“I panicked. I went back there to wake her up. I rolled her over and I seen her face was covered in blood. It scared me, I screamed,” said Allen in an interview with WBTV.

Investigators say the medical examiner could not determine the cause of death for Allen Jr. and an autopsy will be performed Monday.

Detective Dan Snellings and Detective Sgt. Matt Lykins said the home was filthy from waste and garbage. Lincoln County DSS took custody of the children at the scene and later turned the children over to family members.

The Sheriff’s Office said EMS treated Tillman at the scene for injuries she received two days earlier as the result of an assault and what appeared to be extreme intoxication from prescribed medication.

Allen told WBTV he hadn’t touched his wife and showed his bare hands to reveal that there were no scrapes or bruises on them. He said his wife has been battling problems with prescription medication.

“I knew she was taken the stuff, but she had never went that far,” Allen explained.

The grieving father said it’s been a rough couple of days since his son’s death. He said he still doesn’t know what to think about the situation.

“I’m going to miss him more than anything in the world,” Allen said regarding his son. “I’d give my life to have him back.”

Tillman was charged with three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency and neglect by parents, and three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Allen said he and Tillman had been dating for six years, but he now considers the relationship ‘over’.

“I don’t want to ever see her again, ever speak to her again,” explained Allen.

More charges could be filed in Tillman’s case depending on autopsy results.

Tillman’s bond was reduced from $100,00 to $10,000 in court Monday, based on current charges.

Allen said he has no plans to bail her out of jail.

Tillman is scheduled to be in court again on January 12. She chose to have a court-appointed attorney represent her.

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