BAY COUNTY, FL – A Florida mom has been arrested and charged for the September negligent death of her baby. According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Department, she left the baby out in a hot car to die while she was inside, high on methamphetamine, the department said.
“The Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Megan Dauphin today in connection to the death of her baby on September 2, 2020. This case has been worked since the incident with the invaluable assistance of the Florida Department of Children and Families, The Child Protection Team, the District 14 Medical Examiner’s Office, and the State Attorney’s Office, 14th Judicial Circuit,” the department said in a release. “The BCSO responded to Dauphin’s residence when it was discovered she had left her baby in her vehicle unattended for several hours. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene. During the course of the investigation on that day, drug paraphernalia was found in the residence that was consistent with the use of methamphetamine. Through the work of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Toxicology Lab, a blood analysis confirmed that Dauphin was under the influence of methamphetamine the morning she left the infant in the vehicle.”
Dauphin, age 30, was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and booked into the Bay County Jail.