Baby’s death in North Carolina possibly due to drugs in breast milk, DA says; parents charged

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have charged two North Carolina parents in the death of a 6-week-old baby who a district attorney says may have been exposed to drugs through breast milk.

News outlets report the Morehead City Police Department says 20-year-old Mellony McIver and 26-year-old Zackery Phelps — are each facing a second-degree murder charge.

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Carteret County District Attorney Scott Thomas says investigators are awaiting the infant’s toxicology report, but natural causes have been ruled out in the baby’s death.

Officers responding to a call on July 7 says the apartment where McIver and Phelps lived was littered with drugs and showed signs of extensive drug use.

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