Baby dies in Columbus house, parents and friends arrested
Hailey Cambron (source: family)
Stephen Cambron (source: jail)
Helen Price (source: jail)
Heath Smith (source: jail)
Kim McConnell (source: jail)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
Columbus dispatchers received panicked 911 calls from residents in a house on Thomason Avenue complaining that a 9-month-old girl was not breathing.
Emergency responders determined that the baby was dead, and police took four adults into custody.
None of the people arrested Monday morning are specifically being charged with causing the baby's death, but investigators said there is reason to think they all had a part in creating an unsafe environment.
Right now, police are waiting on the results of an autopsy to tell them exactly what killed Hailey Cambron.
Her grandmother's theory is that someone sleeping in the same bed with the child rolled over and unknowingly suffocated her.
Ordinarily, this would just be considered a simple accident, but with the discovery that methamphetamines were recently used on the property, police felt further investigation was necessary.
The victim's grandmother, Angela Roberts, insists that drugs were never done in 'close proximity' to the baby, and methamphetamines were mainly done in a shed behind the house.
Right now Hailey's parents, Stephen Cambron and Helen Price, are in jail for 2nd degree cruelty to a child. That charge is based solely on an accusation that they allowed the child to be near illegal drugs.
Their houseguests, Heath Smith and Kim McConnell, were picked up on probation violations, but witnesses said they were the two who were sleeping in bed with the child.
As of Tuesday, police have not leveled a homicide accusation against any one individual.
"She was well taken care of. She was the sweetest thing, and her smile would just light up the room. I know it's all an accident, but she's gone," said Roberts.
Roberts said she is normally the primary caretaker of the baby, and on most days, she said she never lets Hailey out of her sight. But on Sunday night, Roberts was feeling very sick and didn't want to expose her cold to the little girl.
She said she was awakened by other members of the household the next morning who alerted her to the child's condition. Roberts went to the next room and saw the baby's mouth was blue and her body was stiff.
Hailey Cambron would was going to turn 1-year-old in November.