- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge has dismissed two felony charges against a man and woman charged in the overdose death of a 13-month-old girl.

Twenty-seven-year-old Rachel Ball and 35-year-old Joshua Bennett are charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and other charges in the death of Ball’s daughter. A tentative trial date has been set for Dec. 7.

Authorities said Kayleigh Cassell died Feb. 22 in a home in the Washington County town of Kingsbury where Bennett was staying.

A forensic pathologist said Kayleigh died of pneumonia and respiratory failure stemming from acute heroin and cocaine intoxication.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports (https://bit.ly/1NZ2Iix ) a Washington County judge found insufficient evidence to support tampering with physical evidence charges against the couple.

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This story has been charged to correct the county in the third paragraph to Washington instead of Warren.

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Information from: The Post-Star, https://www.poststar.com


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