Drugs in baby; mom ar­rested

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

A north­east Arkansas woman has been ar­rested on mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing man­slaugh­ter, af­ter her baby was found with drugs in her sys­tem, au­thor­i­ties say.

Aretta Dawn McGar­raugh, 34, of Paragould was also taken into cus­tody Friday on two counts of in­tro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance into the body of an­other per­son, records show.

Ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit filed in Greene County Dis­trict Court, of­fi­cers with the Paragould Po­lice Depart­ment re­sponded around 2:30 a.m. April 12 in ref­er­ence to an in­fant not breath­ing. Po­lice said the child was taken to Arkansas Methodist Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Paragould, where she was later pro­nounced dead. Greene County Coro­ner Dick Pace was no­ti­fied of the death around 3 a.m. that day.

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