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January 20, 2014

Clinton woman charged in child endangerment case turns herself in

CLINTON — A Clinton woman charged in the death of a baby turned herself into the Bettendorf Police Department this morning.

Precious Bailey, 25, was booked at 10:11 a.m. in the Scott County jail for child endangerment, resulting in death and on a felony detainer for Clinton County. She is held on a $25,000 bond for the first charge and $5,000 for the second.

Scott County issued an arrest warrant for Bailey on Jan. 14, after the arrest of Spencer James Smith, 24, in connection with the death of a 13-month-old child in Clinton in September. The Bettendorf and Clinton police departments have worked together on the case.

According to court records, a victim, identified as Marlee Lynn Tracy according to an obituary published in the Clinton Herald, was taken by private vehicle at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton by Tracy's parents, Smith and Bailey. The affidavit continues that the child was unresponsive and having difficulty breathing and medical tests revealed she ingested an acute dose of methadone. Additional tests revealed the child had been exposed to methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

The child died on Sept. 24 in Iowa City, due to the complications of having ingested the methadone.

Court records revealed that Bailey was caring for the child in Bettendorf and had been prescribed methadone during substance abuse treatment during the time of the incident. Smith made plans with Bailey to take the child to Clinton for a visit, according to the affidavit.

Court documents also state that Bailey claimed to have mixed a dose of methadone in a bottle of Gatorade during her preparations to go to Clinton, and that the child drank "juice" like Gatorade, but would only drink out of a baby bottle or sippy cup unless assisted by an adult. There was no explanation for the child to have accidentally ingested the methadone by herself without spilling the liquid all over herself and her immediate area, according to the affidavit.

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