Parents Arrested After Baby Found Dead in Camper Containing Methamphetamine

Bradford N. Ross and Kayla Austin are facing drug and child endangerment charges

The parents of a baby found dead inside a camper containing methamphetamine and other drug-related items are facing child endangerment and drug charges.

Police in Concord, New Hampshire said they responded to an address on Penacook Street around 11:45 a.m. Monday for a report of a male infant who was unconscious and not breathing. The child was taken by ambulance to Concord Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The investigation into the death of the infant is ongoing. The results of an autopsy conducted on the child are not yet available, but police said there are no initial signs of foul play.

The child was originally located inside a small camper located on the property, according to police. The infant had been living in the camper with his parents and another, 2-year-old child which was found to be in good health.

While on the property, police said they observed items that they suspected were implements of drug use. They applied for a search warrant for the camper and located multiple packages of methamphetamine inside.

The total quantity of methamphetamine was approximately 25 grams. Detectives also found receipts and ledgers suggesting that the drugs were meant for sale.

The parents - Bradford N. Ross, 24, and Kayla Austin, 20 - were both arrested on Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn on Main Street and charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of possession of controlled drugs. They were held on $50,000 cash bail pending their arraignment on Friday in Concord District Court.

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