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Arkansas man gets prison in baby's meth death

A Blytheville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the methamphetamine-related death of his infant son, authorities said.

Johnny Richard Sr., 30, pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter, according to a news release from Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington's office.

Richard was the father of a 4-month-old boy who died from meth poisoning in August, according to court records.

The child, Johnny Ray Richard Jr., was taken to a hospital Aug. 20 and pronounced dead on arrival. An autopsy report concluded that the boy died from meth toxicity.

Richard's wife, 32-year-old Christina Richard, also faces a manslaughter charge in the child's death.

She has a court appearance set for March 29.

The parents were initially arrested on a charge of second-degree murder, police said.

State Desk on 02/14/2018

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