Teen Parents Charged After Cocaine Found in Baby’s Bottle After Child’s Death

A teen couple in South Carolina finds themselves charged in connection to the death of their 4-month-old baby after cocaine was found in the child’s feeding bottle.

Brady Wearn, 18, and Mary Bedenbaugh, 17, were arrested Wednesday and charged with homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct toward a child. The teens were charged after a nearly two-month-long investigation that began on May 2.

According to the toxicology report, the child had “measurable levels” of cocaine in the body at the time of death. High levels of cocaine were also found in the child’s bottle, which led investigators to conclude the child was intentionally drugged.

Wearn and Bedenbaugh were also found to have cocaine, fentanyl, and marijuana in their bodies.

Newberry County Coroner Laure Kneece told reporters that this investigation was “very difficult and emotional,” considering it dealt with a dead baby. Sheriff Lee Foster echoed Kneece’s sentiment in a statement, which read, in part, “These are very difficult and time-consuming cases that Investigators have to sort through, and we have to wait for testing on items, which takes a few weeks. This is exactly why we take drug enforcement so seriously.”

Source: nydailynews.com

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