VA Parents charged in death of baby found with heroin, cocaine in her system

A Virginia mother and father have been charged with homicide after their two-month-old baby was found with heroin and cocaine in her system. / Source: DPD
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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A Virginia mother and father have been charged with homicide after their two-month-old baby was found with heroin and cocaine in her system. The baby died on November 24, 2018.

Officers responded to the scene where Eugene Chandler was holding an unresponsive two-month-old.

Officers said they immediately initiated CPR. The Danville Lifesaving Crew transported the baby to the SOVAH Health emergency room, where the baby girl was pronounced dead.

After further investigation of the parents' home, investigators found evidence indicating drug use. An autopsy later found that the two-month-old girl's cause of death was due to an "acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping."

On June 24, a Danville grand jury indicted the parents of the two-month-old, Eugene Chandler Jr. and Shaleigh Brumfield, with felony homicide and abuse and neglect of a child.

Chandler, 27 and Brumfield, 26 were both arrested without incident on June 25. Both parents are being held in the Danville City Jail without bond.