- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have charged an eastern Iowa man in connection with the death of his 13-month-old daughter who ingested an acute dose of methadone, and an arrest warrant has been issued for the girl’s mother.

Spencer James Smith, 24, of Clinton, is charged with felony child endangerment resulting in death, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1d5yBmA ). He was being held on $1 million bond Tuesday in the Scott County Jail after being arrested the night before at a correctional facility in Davenport.

Authorities say Marlee Lynn Tracy died in September after ingesting the methadone. She was unresponsive and having trouble breathing when her parents took her to a Clinton hospital. She died three days later following treatment in Iowa City.

Medical tests revealed Marlee was also exposed to methamphetamine.

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Marlee’s mother, Precious Bailey, 25, in connection to the case. Additional information about her warrant was not released.

Authorities say Smith was charged following a monthslong investigation. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Police in Bettendorf, where Bailey was living with her daughter in September, have been investigating the case along with Clinton police and medical officials.

Police have said Bailey told them she mixed a dose of methadone in a bottle of Gatorade, but that her daughter normally would only drink “juice” like Gatorade out of a baby bottle or sippy cup with adult assistance.

Authorities say Smith and Bailey deprived the child of health care for at least three hours while she showed signs of respiratory distress.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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