Watauga Parents Arrested In Death of 9-Month-Old

Daughter ingested prescription medicine

Saturday, May 5, 2012  |  Updated 4:58 PM CDT
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Watauga Parents Arrested In Death of 9-Month-Old

Tarrant County Jail

Robert Ellrey Ray, 19, and Miranda Nicole Pauli, 22, are accused of neglient homicide in the death of their 9-month-old baby.

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Fort Worth police have arrested the parents of a 9-month-old baby they say died after swallowing stolen prescription drugs. 

Nineteen-year-old Robert Ellrey Ray and 22-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauli, both of Watauga, Texas, were arrested Thursday on charges of criminal negligent homicide. The Star-Telegram reports the parents said on Facebook their daughter, Zoey Marie Stewart, had died Jan. 23 of sudden infant death syndrome. 

Police say toxicology tests found the child died of acute oxycodone intoxication. They say Zoey swallowed stolen prescription drugs that spilled on the floor. 
   

Sgt. Jim Thomson says witnesses described Zoey as playful before the pills were dropped, and "tired and groggy afterward."

He says the parents didn't seek medical treatment when Zoey's condition changed or advise medical personnel she may have swallowed pills. 

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