ELLIS COUNTY, Texas (TCD) -- A 30-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man were arrested in connection with the death of their 6-month-old infant.
According to a news release from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, March 19, deputies responded to a home on Lone Elm Road in Waxahachie, Texas, to a report of an unresponsive child. The child was reportedly transported to the Methodist Hospital via ambulance, and despite lifesaving measures, the victim was pronounced deceased.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, an autopsy performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the child died from "toxic effects of methamphetamine in an unsafe sleeping environment."
Authorities reportedly obtained arrest warrants for the child’s parents, Shawn Lankford and Heather Williams, on murder charges.
Lankford and Williams were arrested June 7 and booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on $1 million bond each, according to the Sheriff’s Office.