Mass. couple indicted in infant daughter's death

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October 11, 2013, 4:53 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney)  - A Massachusetts couple is behind bars, arrested and indicted in the 2011 death of their 5-month-old daughter. Prosecutors say the couple poisoned the infant with heroin, putting it in her baby formula.

They're charged with the unthinkable: the death of their own daughter. Plymouth County prosecutors say 5-month-old Mya Barry died after ingesting heroin at the apartment she shared with her parents and two siblings.

Thirty-year-old Ryan Barry and 26-year-old Ashley Cyr pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the death of the infant at the family's Marshfield apartment on September 23, 2011.

Investigators say they found three grams of heroin and hypodermic needles on a shelf in the bedroom that the infant shared with her parents and two sisters. They also found two baby bottles, one of which was empty. The other was filled with new formula.

The couple was indicted by a grand jury this week on manslaughter charges, nearly two years after the infant died. Barry's defense attorney, Liam Scully, said his client is still devastated by the death of his daughter, and there's no evidence he is responsible for her death.

The couple no longer lives in the apartment. At the time of the baby's death, police say there were eight or nine people living there. Prosecutors said when baby Mya was born, the infant was addicted to heroin because of her mother's alleged drug use.

In regards to the couple’s other children, District Attorney Tim Cruz would only say they can no longer be harmed by their parents.

The defendants were each ordered held on $200,000 cash bail. They are due back in court next month.

Tags: John Moroney, heroin , infant death, marshfield massachusetts, mya barry, ryan barry, ashley cyr
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