West Virginia State Police have arrested a Belington couple and charged them each with death of a child by a parent after the March 13 death of their 23-month-old girl.
State Police said Ida Lee Evans, 31 , and her child laid down to take a nap and when she awoke, the child wasn't breathing. A week later, police received a toxicology report that indicated the child had methadone, a schedule two controlled substance, present in her blood.
Police interviewed Evans and the child's father, David Lee Delauder, 37 , and learned that neither person had a prescription for methadone, however they had bought some from someone in Philippi. Both Delauder and Evans told state police that they got high on pills and went to sleep in the same bed as their child and said that the other person had methadone pills in their pockets.
Delauder told state police that the night before the child died, he and Evans got high on methadone and hydrocodone they had bought and that he saw Evans crushing a white Methadone pill with her lighter. Evans told Delauder that she should give it to the child "because it might put her to sleep or make her hyper". Delauder said he asked Evans an hour later what she did with the pill and she said she "gave the baby a little something to sleep", according to the criminal complaint. Delauder told police that he and Evans fought for about an hour over her giving the pill to the baby. Delauder made no attempt to call EMS or get the baby checked for methadone ingestion, according to state police.
Both Delauder and Evans are being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $100,000 bail each.