ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — The Rocky Mount Police Department said a mother and her boyfriend were charged Sunday in the “suspicious” death of her baby.

On Sunday at about 9 a.m., officers responded to an Assist EMS call in the 600 block of Paul Street.

Police say the call was in reference to a 1 -year-old child who was unresponsive in the bathtub.

EMS took the child to the hospital, according to reports. Despite performing life-saving efforts, they say the child was pronounced dead.

The investigation determined that the victim, 1-year-old Romie Tyler III, suffered “substantial bodily injuries,” police said in a news release Sunday night.

Romie’s mother, Sierra Eley, 27, was charged with felony child abuse, according to the news release.

Eley’s boyfriend, Marcus Richardson, 30, was charged with first degree murder and felony child abuse, the news release said.

Richardson is being held in the Nash County Detention Center without bond. Eley is being held on a $250,000 secured bond.

Marcus Richardson, left, and Sierra Eley were charged Sunday in the “suspicious” death of Eley’s baby (Rocky Mount Police Department).

Eley and Richardson will have their first court appearances Monday at 9 a.m. at the Nash County Courthouse in Nashville, police said.

The Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the incident.

No other information was available.