Sunday, June 27, 2021

Teenage parents charged over the death of their 4-month-old baby after cocaine was found in feeding bottles

 The parents of a four-month-old South Carolina infant who died in May have been charged with homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct toward a child after cocaine was found in the baby's body and feeding bottles, authorities have revealed.


Brady Wearn, 18, and Mary Bedenbaugh, 17, were arrested Wednesday following an investigation into the baby's death.

First responders were called to the suspects' home in Prosperity, South Carolina, on May 2, where the infant was found unresponsive and not breathing, according to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office.

The child, whose name and gender have not been released, was transported to Newberry Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

During the initial investigation, Toxicology reports showed that the baby had "measurable levels" of cocaine in the body, the Sheriff's Office said.

Further toxicology tests found cocaine in the infant's feeding bottles. As a result, both parents submitted to a drug screen, which tested positive for cocaine, fentanyl, and marijuana. Following the tests and autopsy, the infant's death was ruled as "sudden unexpected infant death associated with recent cocaine ingestion."

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