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NORMAN, Okla. -- Parents of a baby found lifeless in a car seat inside a hotel room in Norman faced a judge Monday.

They were both charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of child neglect.

One Norman resident and mother we talked to said this child’s death could have been prevented.

"Poor baby Clayton," said A.J. Amos.

Clayton Trinidad was found unconscious in his car seat on Aug. 31, inside room 218 at theTravel Lodge in Norman.

"It's devastating, it's so sad because I'm a mother myself and there's so many places that baby could've gone to have a home and be loved," said Amos.

Clayton's parents, Courtney Mays and Zekeil Trinidad, were arrested Friday, both facing charges in connection to their son's death.

As we first reported two weeks ago, a family friend tells us the baby boy was left alone.

Amos said she understands what a young couple might be experiencing.

"Fear, on the part of the parents. It's scary to be a parent and if they were young, then that just says a whole lot that they weren't ready," said Amos.

Despite their young age, Amos said the parents should be punished for their actions.

"I think it should be murder. There's no question whatsoever, it was premeditated. You don't forget a baby in a hotel room; I don't care what you say. You don't forget your kid," said Amos.

Amos offered this advice to other parents who might be having a tough time right now.

"Hug your babies. Love them. Let them know that they're loved all the time. You may not always like what they do, but always, always love your babies," said Amos.

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