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14-month-old baby dies in Harrison County, Kentucky

Kentucky State Police cruiser vehicle.

Kentucky State Police cruiser vehicle.

Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a 14-month-old baby died in Harrison County early Tuesday morning.

Kentucky State Police received a report of an infant needing medical attention on Horseshoe Drive in Cynthiana a little after midnight Tuesday morning. The child, who was unresponsive, was sent to Harrison Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m., said state police Sgt. Bernis Napier.

The baby’s name was Karsyn Childers, according to court documents. While the cause of death is not officially known, it’s believed Childers died via drug overdose, records say.

According to court documents, a state police trooper met Bailee Thornsbury and other family members at the hospital where Childers died. Thornsbury told the trooper she went to sleep with Childers at approximately 9 p.m. and woke up approximately three hours later to find Childers unresponsive and cold.

The trooper went to the scene and found meth on the bed where Childers died, according to court documents. Eleven oxycodone pills and drug paraphanelia were found in the bedroom closet too, according to court documents

Thornsbury told state police she was aware of the drugs in the bedroom, according to court documents. She was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine and opiates, possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and wanton endangerment.

Thornsbury is being held at the Bourbon County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

State police said more charges could come depending on a pending coroner’s report.

This story was originally published September 20, 2022 3:22 PM.

Chris Leach is a breaking news reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He joined the newspaper in September 2021 after previously working with the Anderson News and the Cats Pause. Chris graduated from UK in December 2018.
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