Parents indicted in death of baby son who ingested methamphetamine
CONCORD — A mother and father have been indicted by a grand jury in the death of their 2-month-old son who police said ingested methamphetamine.
Bradford Ross, 25, and Kayla Austin, 21, both of Concord, each face felony charges of manslaughter, negligent homicide and prohibited conduct in connection with the death of their infant son, Cayden Ross. The boy died in Penacook in August 2016 after allegedly ingesting methamphetamine in the travel camper where the family lived. The state medical examiner confirmed the cause of death to be methamphetamine intoxication.
The incident occurred on August 1, 2016, when police responded to a camper parked at 54 Penacook St. for a report of an infant who wasn't breathing. Police said they observed drug paraphernalia inside the camper which led to the generation of a search warrant.
Police arrested Austin and Ross in August 2016 and charged them with felony drug possession and distribution charges. After investigating the child's death for about nine months, police eventually brought homicide charges against the couple.
Ross is incarcerated at the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen, while Austin is out of jail as part of the county's pretrial services program.