An Arkansas City couple has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of the woman’s 16-month-old daughter.
Shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, police responded to the report of a medical emergency at the MeadowWalk Apartments in Arkansas City, where they found the toddler had died, Capt. Mark McCaslin said in a prepared statement.
Following interviews and the execution of a search warrant, Lindsey Abegg, 29, and her live-in boyfriend, Jacob Brickey, 27, were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offenses.
Those alleged crimes include murder, and possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamine, McCaslin said. Abegg and Brickey were taken to the Cowley County Jail, where they are being held without bond.
An autopsy was conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center in Wichita to determine how the child died, McCaslin said. Results have not yet been released.
Two other children – a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl – were also in the house when officers arrived at the house, McCaslin said. They were placed into protective custody with the state Department of Children and Families.
Brickey is not the biological father of the toddler, said Andrew Lawson, public information coordinator for the city of Arkansas City.
Brickey has a contraband-related conviction in Jefferson County and a forgery-related conviction in Shawnee County and has been under community corrections supervision in Shawnee County. He served time in prison 2014, Kansas Department of Corrections records show.
Abegg does not have a criminal history, McCaslin said.
Officers have been to the house shared by Abegg and Brickey previously, McCaslin said.
“I don’t know when, I don’t know what for,” he said.
Second-degree murder is defined as a death caused unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances reflecting extreme indifference to the value of human life, McCaslin said.
Contributing: Tim Potter of The Eagle