Stockbridge babysitter indicted in infant’s co-sleeping death

According to the Henry County District Attorney’s Office, Keanna Nicole Keys was under the influence of drugs at the time of the child’s death. She was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession of methamphetamine and possession of alprazolam.

Keys, 34, was caring for the infant overnight on March 29 and laid the baby to sleep beside her on a couch at a Stockbridge home. When another adult staying in the home awoke the next morning, the baby was unresponsive, according to Henry County police. The adult called 911.

The baby, Madelyn Renee Roberts, was transported to Henry Piedmont hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

“The police investigation found Keys had ingested methamphetamine and Xanax before co-sleeping with the baby on a couch,” said a spokeswoman with the Henry County District Attorney’s Office in a press release. “Keys is a friend of the baby’s mother.”

Keys was arrested one day after Madelyn’s death. Though a Magistrate Court judge granted her a $25,000 bond, she has been held in the Henry County Jail ever since. She was initially facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

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