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Pennsylvania Man Apprehended Nearly 6 Months After 7-Week-Old Baby Girl Died From Meth Toxicity, Police Say

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Source: Pennsylvania State Police; UNSPLASH

Jul. 15 2022, Published 8:50 a.m. ET

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Authorities apprehended a man on the run following the death of a newborn baby girl in his care last winter, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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Robert Eugene McCachren, 29, was taken into custody in South Carolina on July 12 and faces a felony charge of endangering the welfare of children, WPMT reported.

McCachren’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Ashley Nicole Decker, was arrested on May 12 after she was charged with third-degree homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Shortly after 5 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2021, police responded to a residence about a report of an unresponsive child in Wellsville, Pennsylvania.

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Behind the home, officers located a deceased 7-week-old infant dressed in only a diaper in a pop-up trailer that was in “deplorable” condition, police said.

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Inside the trailer, which had little heat, investigators said they allegedly found drug paraphernalia, including glass vials, marijuana grinders, a razor blade, cut straws and digital scales, Penn Live reported.

An autopsy showed the baby died as a result of hypothermia and cardiac arrest due to methamphetamine toxicity, authorities said.

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