Virginia parents sentenced for death of baby with cocaine in her system

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) — UPDATE (Feb. 12, 2020):

Two Danville parents have been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in the drug-related death of a two-month-old baby.

Marleigh Chandler died at a hospital in 2018, hours after being found unresponsive. It was determined she died of a drug overdose. She had heroin and cocaine in her system.

Investigators found evidence indicating drug use within the home. An autopsy found the two-month-old girl's cause of death was an "acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping."

At least one of the parents had been sleeping with the baby shortly before she died.

Eugene Chandler Jr., 27, and Shaleigh Brumfield, 26, were charged with felony homicide and abuse and neglect of a child.

Two days after the arrests, one of the baby's grandfathers released a statement.

“The charges have put a major dent in the family that’s already lost so much," Eugene Chandler Sr., Eugene Chandler's father, told WDBJ7. "We, the family, believe Marleigh’s death is an accident and not an intentional act. We were blindsided by this and did not see any neglect to Marleigh from Eugene because of drugs. We do not condone illegal drug use.”

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June 25, 2019

A Danville mother and father have been charged with homicide after their two-month-old baby was found dead with cocaine and heroin in her system.

The Danville Police Department said arrests have been made in the death of a two-month-old baby girl that took place on November 24, 2018.

Officers responded to the scene, where they say Eugene Chandler was holding an unresponsive child.

Officers said they immediately initiated CPR. The Danville Lifesaving Crew transported the baby to the SOVAH Health emergency room, where the baby girl was pronounced dead.

After further investigation of the parents 'home, investigators found evidence indicating drug use within the home. An autopsy later found that the two-month-old girl's cause of death was due to an "acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping."

On June 24, a Danville grand jury indicted the Danville parents for the death of the two-month-old. Eugene Chandler Jr. and Shaleigh Brumfield were each formally charged with felony homicide and abuse and neglect of a child.

Chandler, 27 and Brumfield, 26, were both arrested without incident on June 25. Both parents are being held in the Danville City Jail without bond.