An Arkansas couple was arrested on Sunday after their infant was found dead in a motel room.
Police were dispatched to the Super 8 Motel in Batesville, Arkansas to find nine-month-old Grace Susan Gipson dead at the foot of the bed, according to KTHV. Police said the motel room was in “complete disarray” with a strong odor of cigarette smoke. There were prescription medications, smoking devices used for methamphetamine, and jars of unopened baby food all around the room. According to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, there were numerous loose pills on the floor along with a dirty diaper and a pizza box. An empty bottle of alcohol was found on top of the motel room's air conditioner in addition to several cigarette butts.
Police noticed a large, dark hematoma type injury on the right side of the infant’s head, according to the report.
The child was with her mother, 31-year-old Lisa Lilly, and her father, 43-year-old Bobby Gipson. Both were arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gipson reportedly had a past criminal history for drug violations. Lilly reportedly had other minor children taken away from her due to her drug use, according to the KTHV report. The couple said they had been living out of the room for the past few days.
Lilly told police that her daughter been sick with a cough, so she had given her some of the children’s Dimetapp the night before, along with other medications the baby was prescribed. She stated that the spot on the child’s head had been there since birth.
According to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, paramedics said the baby had been dead for "some time." The couple was reported as being “confused” about the infant’s death.
Gipson is being held on a $10,000 bond and Lilly is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.
[Independence County Sheriff’s Office]