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Couple arrested for fatal child neglect

State Police say a Mason County baby died of malnutrition because his parents gave him cow’s milk after returning baby formula bought on government assistance for drug money.

Carla Marie Adkins, 31, and Jimmy Ray Edwards, 25, of Ashton, were arrested Monday and charged with child neglect resulting in death.

The child, Carson Edwards, 20 months, died in March from profound anemia “due to cow’s milk ingestion” and lack of medical care, according to a complaint filed in Mason Magistrate Court.

The couple received benefits from WIC, a federal food supplement for women, infants and children, for baby formula. Edwards would buy the formula and then return it for cash. The cash would then be used to buy drugs, mainly methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Adkins told troopers Edwards refused to let her take the child to doctor visits because he felt the child belonged to Adkins’ ex-husband. She said a four-year-old in the home regularly attended doctor’s appointments because Edwards knew her to be his child, the complaint said.

Troopers wrote in the complaint that the child “died a long agonizing death and a result of this neglect.”Adkins told troopers she and Edwards were responsible for the child’s death.

Both are being held at Western Regional Jail on $500,000 bond each.

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