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Parents face murder charge after baby dies from meth toxicity

Johnny Richard, Sr. (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink) Johnny Richard, Sr. (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
Christina Richard (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink) Christina Richard (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

After an autopsy found an infant died of methamphetamine toxicity, his parents are facing murder charges.

According to Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson, on August 20, a four-month-old boy was taken to Great River Medical Center’s Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Mississippi County Coroner Mike Godsey submitted the baby to the Arkansas Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Blytheville police received the official autopsy results and arrested the parents, Johnny Richard, Sr., 30 and Christina Richard, 32, both of Blytheville.

The cause of death was found to be methamphetamine toxicity and is now being ruled a homicide.

Both Johnny Richard and Christina Richard are being held in the Mississippi County Jail on a second-degree murder charge. Their bonds were set at $200,000.

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