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Phoenix couple pleads not guilty again in 15-month-old's death

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Ernest, left, and Denise Ingram pleaded not guilty again on Thursday. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Ernest, left, and Denise Ingram pleaded not guilty again on Thursday. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A Phoenix couple has again pleaded not guilty to charges in the 2013 death of their severely malnourished 15-month-old daughter.

Denise Janelle Snow-Ingram, 39, and her husband Ernest Ingram, 38, entered the pleas at their arraignment Thursday, Maricopa County prosecutors said.

The 2013 case was dismissed and new charges of murder and child abuse were recently filed by prosecutors against the couple.

Snow-Ingram denied the allegations and said neither of them ever mistreated any of their seven children.

Phoenix police officers went to the Ingram home at 10:15 a.m. on July 10 to investigate a report of a baby who wasn't breathing.

The 15-month-old girl was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital, where she died.

Police said the child weighed fewer than 9 pounds, was suffering from "profound malnutrition" and had numerous fractures of the ribs and extremities.

They said the baby apparently hadn't been seen by a doctor since birth because of the parents' religious beliefs.

Both parents told officers they believed the child's developmental stages were "a little slow," said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Six other children, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years, were removed from the family's home.

Copyright 2015 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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