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Couple arrested in meth-related death of infant boy

Autopsy confirms baby's death caused by meth
Ryan Markle,Jennifer Young.PNG
Posted at 3:33 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 15:35:24-04

PORTLAND -- The autopsy report from the Jay County, Indiana Coroner is disturbing.

"Acute methamphetamine intoxication" is the listed cause of death for a three-month-old.

The baby's parents are under arrest and facing a number of charges.

According to the Jay County Prosecutor, police and EMS were called to a South Meridian Street apartment in Portland on a report of a child not breathing. The baby boy was pronounced dead at IU Health Jay Hospital.

Jennifer Young, 34, and Ryan Markle, 39, both of Portland were arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia. Both are held in the Jay County Security Center on a $50,000.00 bond.

The investigation was conducted by the Portland Police Department with assistance from the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Jay County Coroner’s Office, and the Jay County Prosecutor’s Office.

The couple has a history in drug dealing, and were convicted of dealing in meth in 2013, according to Jay County court records.