Meth found in body of dead Mid-South baby

By Janice Broach - bio | email

PARAGOULD, AR (WMC-TV) - Police have arrested a Paragould couple in the death of their infant daughter, who was found to have methamphetamine in her system.

Detective Scott Snyder says Charles Farmer and Brittany Farmer were taken into custody last week on misdemeanor negligent homicide counts in connection with the March 5 death of Abigail Farmer.

According to Snyder, officials concluded the 4-month-old girl died of asphyxiation on the couch of the couple's residence.

"At some point the child was pushed into the back of the cushions of the couch," Snyder said.

But the Farmers were arrested after a medical examiner's report showed there was meth in the child's system.

"We found the child did have contact with methamphetamine - tested positive for methamphetamine," Snyder said.

Snyder said someone was likely smoking meth with the child in their arms, adding that Brittany and Charles Farmer also tested positive for meth. Though a meth lab was not found in the apartment, investigators did find materials associated with making meth.

The couple made initial court appearances, during which bond was set at $5,000 each.

Brittany Farmer declined to comment for this story.

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