Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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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