2-Month Old Baby Dies Of Heroin And Cocaine Intoxication, Parents Arrested

Police found evidence of drug paraphernalia in Eugene Chandler and Shaleigh Brumfield's home.

By Gina Tron

A Virginia couple has been arrested in connection with the November death of their 2-month-old daughter, who authorities say died from drug intoxication.

Eugene Chandler, 27, and Shaleigh M. Brumfield, 26, of Danville were indicted Monday by a grand jury for felony homicide and abuse and neglect of a child. They were arrested one day later.

Officers responded to a call for help on Nov. 24 and found Chandler “holding an unresponsive infant,” police say.

Officers conducted CPR on the baby before transporting her to an emergency room where she was pronounced dead.   

That baby has been identified as Marleigh Chandler, WSET in Lynchburg, Virginia reports.

"Though there were no obvious signs of physical trauma to the infant, the department immediately began a death investigation,” police wrote, adding that the case was referred to a medical examiner. An autopsy found the baby girl died of "acute heroin and cocaine intoxication."

Eugene Chandler and Shaleigh Brumfield

Drug paraphernalia and smoking devices were confiscated from the couple’s home back in November, according to WSET. Police indicated the parents shared a bed with the infant. 

Both parents are being held in the Danville City Jail without bond. It’s not clear if either have a lawyer who can speak on their behalves at this time.

The Danville Police Department said they worked closely with the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to investigate the death of baby Marleigh.

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