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4 arrested after two-month-old dies from methamphetamine toxicity in Citrus County

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 17:47:15-04

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — Four people were arrested after officials say they contributed to the death of a two-month-old.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on March 13, a 911 call was received in reference to a two-month-old that was not breathing.

Deputies arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

From the Medical Examiner's report, it was determined that methamphetamine toxicity contributed to the victim's death.

During interviews, detectives learned that four adults lived in the home at the time of the infant's death.

They told detectives they regularly snorted and smoked meth in the presence of the child and two other children.

Those two children were removed from the home and placed with a family member after that information was learned.

Officials were able to obtain arrest warrants for all four adults.

They were charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and three counts of child neglect.

"This case is an example of the heinous crimes that are investigated by the detectives of the CCSO Special Victim's Unit," said Sheriff Prendergast. "It also highlights the cooperation between our office, state and federal agencies in order to bring justice to Citrus County victims, like the precious child in this case. We want to thank our partners at the U.S. Marshals Service for their substantial and continuous support."

The four adults were identified as 25-year-old Kevin Courtney, 25-year-old Stephanie Carroll, 52-year-old Steven Gibson and 44-year-old Tammy Allison.

Gibson and Allison were additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling for the purposes of using a controlled substance.

All four were taken into custody without further incident.