Parents accused of killing infant shortly after custody was restored

San Diego, California: "God only knows what that baby suffered between the time they got their hands on her till the time that baby died," Adrienne Arnett told KNSD. Arnett was 3-month-old Delilah's great-grandmother.


Delilah's parents, Elizabeth Ucman, 22, and Brandon Copeland, 21, have both been arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder. They entered not-guilty pleas on Monday, November 15 during a virtual court appearance.


Arnett told the station that Child Welfare Services had awarded emergency custody of Delilah to her great-aunt at the time of her birth as they had determined that Ucman, Copeland and their apartment were "not fit" for the infant.

Delilah was returned to the couple approximately a month and a half before her death after they had cleaned up their apartment, reportedly at the protest of Delilah's family.


"Social Services was told by every member of the family that [Ucman] was dangerous. We knew the boy was dangerous," she said during a telephone interview.


Investigators have not revealed much concerning Delilah's death apart from the basic facts of the case.


A 911 call on November 10 brought officers to an apartment on Maple Street on a report of an unresponsive infant. When they arrived, they immediately began CPR until paramedics arrived and took over.


Delilah was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.


Both parents are currently being held without bond, and are schedule for a bond hearing on November 22. Their preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 10, 2022.


The San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit is asking that anyone with information about Delilah's death contact them at (619) 531-2293. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.