SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - Searcy police have charged a couple with manslaughter after an autopsy revealed a baby in their care died with alcohol in its system.
The Searcy Police Department told a Little Rock station it upgraded charges against 55-year-old Jeff High and 57-year-old Dianna O'Bryan after receiving the test results.
On June 25, police responded to a child welfare report in the 2100-block of West Beebe Capps Expressway.
When officers arrived, they found High lying on a couch.
He reportedly told police, "We have a dead baby."
He then pointed to a "disoriented female," later identified as O'Bryan, who was lying on another couch.
Police found the four-month-old baby hidden beneath her arm.
The infant was pronounced dead at the scene. The baby's body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the cause of death. Investigators say test results showed the baby had alcohol in its system.
At the time, officers arrested High and charged him with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. He was later released on $10,000 bond.
Officers also arrested and charged O'Bryan with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. Her bond was also set at $10,000.
Police said O'Bryan was the baby's aunt. She and High traveled to Texas on Thursday, June 23, to pick up the baby.
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