Eugene Chandler, 27, and Shaleigh Brumfield, 26, have been charged with killing their two-month-old daughter, Marleigh Chandler, after it emerged they had fed her with a cocktail of cocaine and heroin.
They were arrested seven months after the girl’s lifeless body was found by police at their home in Danville, Virginia, USA, on November 24, 2018.
Officers responded to a 999 call at their residence and performed CPR on the little baby who was then rushed to the SOVAH Health emergency room but was later pronounced dead.
At the time of her death police said there were no signs of physical abuse.
However, a post-mortem later revealed Marleigh died of “acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping”.
Danville Police Lieutenant Richard Chivvis said: “The child had enough cocaine and heroin metabolites in her system to kill her.”
On Monday, Brumfield and Chandler were charged with felony homicide and neglect of a child and are being held in Danville City jail without bail ahead of their trial.