By Jessica Farrish
A 9-month-old Alta infant who was the subject of an open Child Protective Services case died Monday of suspected dehydration in Greenbrier County, according to West Virginia State Police.
The baby’s parents and primary caretakers, Candace Guilford, 21, and Richard McDaniel, 25, were arrested Wednesday on charges of child neglect resulting in death.
The victim, Cody McDaniel, has a twin brother who was also in the care of the parents, according to the police report.
A call to 911 was made around 3:20 p.m. Monday, according to the police report, alerting emergency responders that an infant was unresponsive at Alta Apartments.
When State Police Cpl. N.J. Hersman arrived at the Guilford residence, the parents told him they had discovered Cody unresponsive in his crib around 3:20 p.m. and that he had last been fed at 4 a.m.
When Hersman interviewed Cody’s doctor, he learned that Cody had “issues with gaining and maintaining weight.”
Noting that Cody was a “medically fragile child” and that his parents had been advised to feed him every three hours, the doctor added that the parents’ reports of feedings weren’t consistent with Cody’s weight gains, Hersman reported.
The doctor also told police “there was no other cause revealed for the child’s ‘failure to thrive.’”
The physician stated that he had discussed “the importance of the feedings” on “numerous occasions” with the parents and added that neither Cody nor his brother were brought to all of their doctor’s appointments.
Although Cody had been prescribed lansoprazole, a drug that treats high acid levels in the stomach, neither parent had filled the prescription, Hersman reported.
A preliminary report from the State Medical Examiner’s office found the cause of death to be dehydration.
The final report has not yet been released.
When police performed urine tests on the parents, both Guilford and McDaniel tested positive for oxycodone, Suboxine and opiates, according to the complaint.
Both McDaniel and Guilford were taken to Southern Regional Jail. McDaniel was at SRJ late Wednesday in lieu of a $100,000 bond, but Guilford was not listed as a prisoner.
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