Court docs: Lafayette mother overdosed on heroin, father was high when 3-month-old baby died

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Mug shot of Sara Martin (left), Brandon Staggs (right)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Lafayette police arrested a couple for the death of their 3-month-old baby in June 2015.

Sara Martin, 30, has been charged with possession of a narcotic drug and neglect of a dependent.

Brandon Staggs, 39, has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.

According to court documents, on June 28, 2015, Martin was at Staggs’ home with their baby when she overdosed on heroin.

Staggs took her to a local hospital. Staggs then went home with the baby.

Later in the afternoon, one of Staggs’ friends visited him. The friend found Staggs sitting on the sofa, and the baby was between the cushions in the middle of the sofa.

The baby was discolored and had blood on his mouth.

Staggs’ friend woke him up, but he said Staggs was high and seemed “out of it.”

His friend told him his baby wasn’t breathing, but je said Staggs just sat there. The friend called 911, and emergency personnel transported the baby to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

According to a coroner’s report, the baby’s cause of death was respiratory arrest due to positional asphyxia from co-sleeping.

According to online records, Staggs is currently in the Tippecanoe County Jail with bail set at $100,000. Martin is out of jail on bond.