An Indiana couple was arrested Monday for allegedly giving their 10-month-old daughter marijuana to treat her broken leg.
The Muncie Star Press reported that Tessa Rose Murray, 23, and Nerrell McCoy, 20 are accused of drugging their child before getting her medical attention. Police got involved on June 18, after the baby was brought into IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital with a dislocated femur fracture.
Muncie police investigator Kris Swanson claimed they recovered texts from Murray’s phone that indicated the 10-month-old suffered a broken leg as early as June 13.
“[The baby] prolly needs some weed and she will be good for now,” McCoy supposedly wrote to Murray.
According to the paper, Murray originally told officers that her daughter was injured when she fell off a couch. She later claimed that the baby’s leg was broken when an older child pulled her leg as she fell off a bed.
Additional texts indicated that the couple knew their baby was hurt and that they attempted to treat her on their own.
McCoy reportedly told Murray, “It’s not hurting [the baby] when he touches it anymore, and it’s only a whine, not a cry.”
Swanson wrote that the 10-month-old tested “positive for marijuana in excess of what could be attributed to second-hand smoke.”
The Indiana couple denied having any knowledge of how the baby’s leg was broken but admitted to subjecting her to undue suffering because they delayed getting her proper medical attention, the newspaper reported.
Though the child was removed from her mother’s custody this past summer, investigators claimed they’ve only recently received medical records relevant to this case.
Murray and McCoy are charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent. The Star Press noted that McCoy has two pending court cases, filed in July, for possession of marijuana.
Both suspects are behind bars, with a $10,000 bond each.
[Featured Image: Tessa Rose Murray and Nerrell McCoy/Muncie Police Department]