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Police: Arkansas parents arrested after baby eats meth, dies

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WIDENER, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in Arkansas say the mother and father of a 13-month-old girl have been charged in the child’s death after she ate methamphetamine that she found in her home.

Twenty-two-year-old Carrie Darby was being held in the St. Francis County jail Friday on charges that include manslaughter.

Thirty-year-old Joseph Phillips, who is facing the same charges, has posted bond and is no longer being held.

Arrest affidavits show the two brought Delaney Phillips to Forrest City Medical Center in eastern Arkansas on July 7 with a high fever.

Delaney was airlifted to a Memphis hospital but died en route.

The couple initially told investigators Delaney found something on the ground at a park in Widener and ate it.

Online jail records don’t indicate whether Darby has an attorney. A working phone number could not be found for Phillips.

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