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Couple Charged With Murder After 2-Day-Old Daughter Dies Of Meth Overdose

A South Carolina couple were scheduled to appear in court May 26 after being charged in the meth overdose death of their 2-day-old baby.

Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, 27, gave birth to her daughter, Gracie Mae Fuller, on Nov. 17, 2014. Two days later, the baby was dead, the Daily Mail reports.

Investigators said the baby died at a home in the Simpsonville area, which Smith-Durham shared with her boyfriend, Shane Ray Fuller, and her three other children.

Deputies described the family’s living conditions as deplorable. They had no electricity and the home was being heated by propane heaters, according to reports.

A coroner determined the cause of death to be drug intoxication after high levels of methamphetamine were discovered in the baby’s system, Fox Carolina reported. Smith-Durham also tested positive for methamphetamine.

The child’s death was ruled a homicide and Smith-Durham and Fuller were arrested in February and held on a $40,000 bail. The mother has been charged with murder by child abuse and four counts of unlawful child neglect.

Smith-Durham’s other three children were removed from the home and place in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

Sources: Daily Mail, Fox Carolina

Photo Credit: Greenville County Sheriff's Office via Fox Carolina


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