Canadian couple arrested over girl’s drug death

Image copyright Reynolds RCMP Image caption Elizabeth Halpine was driving when the toddler died A Canadian couple have been charged after a toddler died after ingesting illicit drugs which her parents had given her….

Canadian couple arrested over girl's drug death

Image copyright Reynolds RCMP Image caption Elizabeth Halpine was driving when the toddler died

A Canadian couple have been charged after a toddler died after ingesting illicit drugs which her parents had given her.

Elizabeth Halpine, 36, is accused of criminal negligence causing death, and Angela Price, 25, of failing to provide the necessities of life.

It is alleged the incident occurred on 12 May 2017 in their home in Vancouver.

Their daughter, Lexi Price, died in hospital. The family had taken her for regular check-ups.

She was a month old when she died.

‘Smell lingered on’

Price appeared in a Vancouver court on Tuesday and has been ordered to stay away from her son as well as Halpine.

Halpine, who could be seen crying in the prisoner’s dock during a brief court appearance on Tuesday, is due to appear later this month.

Price told officers they had given their three-week-old daughter Ecstasy, LSD and cocaine and that Lexi had struggled while they were in the middle of a bank holiday weekend, the Vancouver police said.

“The deaths were clearly a consequence of the ingestion of a variety of illicit drugs by the child,” Detective Sergeant Brian Montague, a spokesman for the Vancouver police said.

“The child’s actions, combined with the physical condition she was in when she arrived at hospital, were not consistent with a reasonable mother not noticing the odour, the significant amount of fluid present and the swelling and bluish colouring of her face.”

“I feel like a piece of my heart was ripped out,” the child’s father, Chris O’Donnell, told Sky News.

“My only regret is that I didn’t come home early enough and check her out.”

The pair were arrested following a joint investigation with the Victoria police, Surrey police and health officials.

Image copyright Darko Brkic/CBC Image caption Lexi Price with her father

The child’s death was initially attributed to the couple’s age and a diagnosis of herpes simplex virus.

The family’s newborn son died at another home in Vancouver three months before, the Vancouver Sun reports.

The pair were due to face seven more charges, including two of torture, in relation to that child.

Allegations of similar circumstances have been made in the British Columbia Supreme Court, although charges were not laid in those cases.

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