3-year-old, Logan Starliper, was found dead by her mother after being left alone for 22 hours. The toddler died of meth overdose on January 6 in Greencastle, PA.
Logan Starliper is the youngest victim of drug overdose in the recent history of the state. According to police reports, the toddler was put to bed at around 10:30PM by her mother, Brittany Higgins.
The mother’s boyfriend, Brian Bennet stated that he checked the baby after 12 hours but found her asleep. However, police officials confirmed that Logan was neither checked by the mother nor her boyfriend for 22 hours.
Higgins and Bennet have been set behind bars after it was discovered that the baby died from an overdose of methamphetamine. The mother informed the police when she found out that the baby was not moving at all.
The couple has been charged with third degree murder, baby endangerment, possession of drugs and involuntary manslaughter. According to the toxicology report, the baby died because of multiple drug toxicity as it had buprenorphine and methamphetamine in her body.
Buprenorphine can easily be available under the brand name, “Subutex” and is normally used for acute pain and to treat opioid addiction.
Investigators of the incident revealed that the toddler got access to the drugs because her parents were regular meth users. During an apartment search, pipes with meth residue were discovered by the authorities.
Official records suggested that Higgins injected meth two days before Logan’s death. However, she stated that as her drug supplies were distant, the toddler could not have access to it. On the other hand, Bennet claimed, his drugs were placed on a stand near his bed.
Logan’s death is the sixth death by the drug overdose in Franklin County this year. District Attorney of Franklin County, Matthew Fogal said: “The death of this sweet, innocent little girl is the most heartbreaking example of the danger the overdose epidemic has brought to our community and region. We will avenge her and will not rest or tire in working to prevent this from happening to others.”
According to the police, the baby’s face, eyes and cheeks were discolored because of drug overuse. Heavy white residue was stuck on the spoon and needles which Logan’s mother handed over to the Police.
The couple’s drug dealer, Rodney Allen Mower, stopped by their home around 5PM to deliver the drugs. According to the police, Mower was the only person who visited their house that day. He didn’t leave the house till the next day.
The authorities claimed that the couple used to abuse the innocent toddler. Friends and family of the couple stated that they saw bruises and marks all over the child’s body.
One of the neighbors, who refused to be named said: “She was a sweetheart. She liked to dance around like a lot of three-year-olds. Her death, that’s hard to grip.”
Twitter users condemned the incident as they shared the tragic news:
Do not pass go. Do not collect anything. Your life is over and I hope you enjoy prison then the worst after this life. #disgusting
— AME Sports (@AMESPORTS) March 24, 2018
wtf ?……….: (
— David Eric Elkington (@elkingtondavid1) March 24, 2018
Sometimes it’s more than I can take..
— Harold Wiggins (@wig802) March 24, 2018
She didn’t have parents… if people can see the neglect the abuse hiw fo you just walk away from it? How did not get reported how did extended family never see it? Poor little baby what a short pain filled life she had, giving birth is no guarantee of being a good parent ?
— Emb (@you_r_here) March 24, 2018
This is a horrible story. People, if a child you know isn’t getting the love and attention they deserve say something. Do something. You really could save a life.
— A Corporate Negro (@funkyfourdog) March 24, 2018
This is just so sad RIP you sweet little Angel
— Shannon loughney McKnight (@LoughneyShannon) March 24, 2018
Truly sad, I could never imagine hurting my own daughter, hope the little girl finds peace in her next life ??
— Me (@weareallsouls) March 24, 2018
According to reports, Mower stated that the couple would put up a baby gate in front of the child’s bedroom, before injecting themselves, and she would watch them get high.
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