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Parents Charged After 9 Month Old Dies From Cocaine Overdose

1:17 PM, Oct 18, 2011   |    comments
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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities have charged a Florence couple with homicide by child abuse after their 9-month-old child tested positive for cocaine and died.

Florence County sheriff's deputies say 36-year-old Shaunte Shedice Washington and 25-year-old Jennifer Monique Ford were arrested Monday.

Investigators say the couple's toddler was taken to a hospital Sept. 28 with seizure-like symptoms and later tested positive for cocaine. Authorities say the child ingested the drug inside the couple's home and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Washington and Ford were awaiting a bond hearing Tuesday, and it's not clear if either has an attorney.

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