- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa woman surrendered to police to face charges related to the death of her 13-month-old daughter, who died in September after ingesting methadone.

Precious Bailey, 25, turned herself in to Davenport police on Monday, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/KCft5t ). She remained in Scott County Jail on Tuesday on a total bond of $30,000. She was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Scott County Court.

Online court records do not list the name of her attorney.

Bailey and Spencer Smith, 24, of Clinton, are charged with felony child endangerment resulting in death. Authorities say their daughter, Marlee Lynn Tracy, died Sept. 24 after ingesting methadone. The young girl was living with Bailey in Bettendorf at the time of her death.

Marlee was unresponsive and having trouble breathing when Bailey and Smith took her to a Clinton hospital. She died three days later at a hospital in Iowa City.

Medical tests revealed Marlee had also been exposed to methamphetamine.

Smith was arrested Jan. 13 at a residential correctional facility in Davenport. He remains at the Scott County Jail on a $1 million bond. Online court records do not list an attorney for him.

Authorities say Smith and Bailey deprived the child of health care for at least three hours while she showed signs of respiratory distress. There’s also no record of the couple trying to call 911.

Police have said Bailey told them she mixed a dose of prescribed 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.


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

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