According to the Cadiz Police Department, a six-month-old child has allegedly overdosed on some form of an opiate.
Police say that a search warrant has been executed, the children have been removed from the residence and placed with the Department of Job and Family Services. Both parents, Brooke Jones and Keonte Phifer, have been arrested and are charged with Child Endangerment, Corrupting Another with Drugs, Possession of Drugs, and Tampering with Evidence.
Police said the baby’s grandmother actually found the baby at 707 Stanton Avenue and took her straight to the hospital. Doctors determined the baby had extremely elevated levels of opiates in her system and life-flighted the child to Pittsburgh for special treatment.
Harrison County Prosecutor Owen Beetham said in a statement Tuesday, “Our community has been hit hard in the last few months with some terrible cases and this one adds to our collective grief. As a prosecutor and parent, this case both angers and saddens me. The abuse this baby suffered is beyond belief. Jones and Phifer do not deserve the privilege of being parents. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim for a recovery, and that she and her sibling will be taken and placed in the type of loving, caring, and safe environment that every child deserves.”
The case is still under investigation.