Virginia Couple Charged after Baby Dies of Heroin and Cocaine Intoxication

Parents charged after baby girl dies from heroin, cocaine intoxication, police say

According to WDBJ-TV, police on Tuesday arrested Eugene Chandler Jr., 27, and Shaleigh Brumfield, 26, of Danville, on felony homicide charges in the baby's November 2018 death. Officials also charged the pair with child abuse and neglect, the news station reported.

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On Nov. 24, Danville police and emergency crews responded to a report of an infant who couldn't breathe, according to court documents. The child, identified as Marleigh Rain Chandler, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, the Danville Register & Bee reported.

While searching the family's home, investigators discovered evidence of drug use, including marijuana and drug paraphernalia, WSET reported. The Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, which revealed that Marleigh died from "acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping," officials said.

Chandler and Brumfield were booked into the Danville City Jail, where they are being held without bond.

Eugene Chandler Jr., 27, and Shaleigh Brumfield, 26, of Danville, Virginia, are facing homicide charges after their 2-month-old daughter died from cocaine and heroin intoxication last year, authorities said.
Photo: Danville Police Department

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