- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

DANIELSON, Conn. (AP) - A police report says an 8-month-old Connecticut girl whose parents are charged in her death was given a potent sleeping pill in her bottle the night before she died.

The details are in an arrest warrant affidavit released Friday in the case of 28-year-old Justine Barber and 32-year-old Kevin Hartshom Jr., both of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The couple used to live in Brooklyn, Connecticut, where the baby died in February.

The affidavit says Barber and Hartshom regularly gave their children sleep medication, including the night before the baby died.

Barber is charged with manslaughter and Hartshom with negligent homicide. They were arraigned Friday in Danielson Superior Court.

A judge set their bails at $125,000 and placed them under suicide watches. A bail commissioner said the couple have mental health problems.


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