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January 15, 2014

Man arrested in connection with death

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According to court documents, 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.

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Sept. 21, a witness saw Bailey, Smith and the child at Walgreen's in Davenport. The witness stated the victim appeared lethargic and the witness could hear the victim struggling to breath. While at Walgreen's, Bailey purchased precursors to manufacture methamphetamine.

At 4:12 p.m. that day, another witness saw Bailey, Smith and the child check into a hotel in Clinton. The second witness also stated the child appeared lethargic and was having difficulty breathing.

Smith and Bailey claimed that Bailey stayed with the child in the hotel room while Smith picked up baby supplies.

Bailey claimed she discovered the child unresponsive and saw the child's lips were blue while Smith was away from the hotel room. Bailey and Smith said that Bailey called Smith to report the child's condition. A record of the call could not be found during the investigation.

During that time, a person sent Smith a text message requesting Smith to pick up additional precursors to manufacture meth.

Bettendorf police, who made the arrest, are claiming that Smith and Bailey created a risk to the child by exposing the child to meth and deprived the child of health care for at least three hours while the child was showing signs of being in respiratory distress.

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