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Kentucky Mother Arrested After Newborn Daughter Dies, 1-Year-Old Son Tests Positive for Meth: Police

Kentucky Mother Accused of Murder After Neglecting 6-Month-Old Baby
Source: Taylor County Detention Center; Mega

Haley Fisher is accused of neglecting her 6-month-old child, resulting in her death.

Feb. 12 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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A mother in Kentucky has been charged in connection with the death of 6-month-old daughter, who was found dead in her home, police said.

A family friend of 24-year-old Haley Fisher called police and reported a dead baby, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by WDRB.

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Around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, a man with methamphetamine allegedly came to Fisher's Campbellsville home, and she smoked the drug in her bedroom with the door open and all three of her children present, officials said.

About 30 minutes later, Fisher told police that she found the baby unresponsive.

According to authorities, the baby had been “neglected and malnourished” and appeared to be “dehydrated and pale.” The baby was reportedly “clothed in two one-piece jumpers, wrapped in a blanket with a cradle cap, a space heater on and the door closed.”

Officials said the temperature inside the baby’s room was 85 degrees.

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When speaking with police, Fisher said the baby girl had been losing weight since Thanksgiving. However, she hadn’t taken her to a doctor since her birth because she didn’t have a car and couldn’t get her to a hospital.

Police questioned how she got groceries and Fisher said friends would take her.

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According to the affidavit, officials said “Fisher had ample resources to get the child medical attention but refused to do so.”

Fisher’s two other children — boys ages 1 and 3 — were taken to a hospital by Child Protective Services for an evaluation. Police said the younger boy tested positive for meth.

During the investigation, Fisher told police that she uses meth three or four times a week, but she would not tell police how she regularly obtained drugs and why she could not get seek medical attention for her newborn daughter.

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On Feb. 5, Fisher was arrested and charged with manslaughter, two counts of wanton endangerment, three counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

She was booked into the Taylor County Detention Center and was being held on a $500,000 bond. She is due back in court on Feb. 14.

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