“The child had enough cocaine and heroin metabolites in her system to kill her”
Lieutenant Richard Chivvis
Eugene Chandler, 27, and Shaleigh Brumfield, 26, were charged over the death of their baby daughter Marleigh Chandler on Tuesday.
Police found the girl’s lifeless body in Chandler’s arms when they responded to a call at their home in Danville, Virginia on November 24, 2018.
Officers found Chandler “holding an unresponsive infant,” police said.
Cops performed CPR on little Marleigh before rushing her to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
At the time of her death police said there were no signs of physical abuse.
“Though there were no obvious signs of physical trauma to the infant, the department immediately began a death investigation,” police wrote, adding that the case was referred to a medical examiner.
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.”
This week, seven months after the little baby’s death, Brumfield and Chandler were charged with felony homicide and neglect of a child.
They are being held in Danville City jail without bail ahead of their trial.