Authorities: Arkansas parents arrested after baby eats meth, dies

STate Police

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.

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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.