Not guilty pleas in newborn’s death


The Humptulips parents of a newborn girl found dead in Ocean Shores April 5 pleaded not guilty to their respective charges in Grays Harbor Superior Court on Monday.

Patrick L. Parnel, 22, is charged with first-degree murder, and Brittany N. Taylor, 21, is charged with first-degree abandonment of a dependant person.

Parnel allegedly told police he struck his daughter with an object from his car after she started crying when he tried to leave her in the brush on April 4. She was discovered by a woman walking her dog the next morning.

Taylor gave birth in an Ocean Shores motel room in an effort to keep her pregnancy secret, and they told police Parnel accidentally dropped the baby in the toilet as he helped with the birth. They said they thought the girl was dead, but didn’t try to revive her.

According to court documents, Taylor told Parnel to dispose of the body while she waited in their room. An autopsy showed the girl’s cause of death was blunt-force injury, resulting in skull fractures and brain injuries.

Their daughter never had a name. In court, she’s referred to as “Infant Doe.”

Parnel faces a possible life sentence over his murder charge. Taylor could face up to 10 years in prison.

Taylor’s attorney, Harold Karlsvik, asked again for Taylor’s bail to be reduced, citing her lifelong residence in the area and ties to the community. Taylor’s bail has not changed since she was originally charged with manslaughter. The request was denied because of the potentially lengthy sentence Taylor faces.

She remains in Grays Harbor County Jail with $250,000 bail. Parnel’s bail is $1 million.