Couple Charged in Baby's Heroin Death

It was found in bottle of 5-month-old girl
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 12, 2013 7:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Massachusetts couple accused of killing their 5-month-old daughter by giving her a bottle of formula with heroin in it were charged with manslaughter yesterday. Ryan Barry and Ashley Cyr pleaded not guilty and were ordered held on $200,000 cash bail. The couple's daughter Mya Barry died in September 2011 of opiate poisoning, when the family lived in Marshfield. Police said they found 3 grams of heroin and hypodermic needles on a shelf in a bedroom shared by Barry, Cyr, the baby and her two sisters, ages 3 and 4.

Barry told police he had made the baby's last bottle by mixing 2 ounces of formula with 2 ounces of water. Pressed on how the heroin could have gotten into the bottle, he said maybe someone had cleaned a dirty syringe in the water bottle he used to make the formula. He also said he had seen Cyr snort heroin off a Dr. Seuss book and then leave the book on the floor where the kids could get at it. (Read more heroin stories.)

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