A mom in Arkansas was arrested Wednesday on a charge of murder "with extreme indifference" after her 17-month-old son gobbled down a "lethal amount" of crack cocaine and died of an overdose, according to WMC in Memphis.
The boy had been dead for up to an hour before arriving at a hospital, reported WHBQ/Fox13.
"It was obvious on the baby’s mouth that he’d eaten a large amount,” West Memphis Police Captain Joe Baker told WREG.
Investigators say the boy found the drugs sitting on a table in a West Memphis hotel room where his parents Kadasha Bedford and Anthony Lewis were running a drug dealing operation last month, reported TV station WREG.
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It wasn't made clear if the parents were in the room at the time the baby ate the drugs. However, three other children (ages 2, 6 and 7) were in the room, WREG reported.
The boy was pronounced dead May 2 at a Memphis hospital, where his parents dropped him off and then vanished, reported TV station WZTV.
"When they left the motel the baby was still breathing, so there was possibly a chance to save the baby,” Baker told WREG.
Bedford, 34, turned herself in on Wednesday to face a second degree murder with "extreme indifference" and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, according to Crittenden County Detention records.
The father Anthony Lewis , 37, faces the same charges, according to jail records. He was already in custody on a weapons charge when Bedford turned herself in, Crittenden County Detention records show.