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Tiffney Johnson

Tiffney Johnson

EVANSVILLE, Ind.— An Evansville woman has been charged with child neglect in the synthetic drug-related death of her 20-month-old granddaughter.

Police say 42-year-old Tiffney Lynn Johnson was arrested Sunday on a warrant charging her with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and with being a habitual offender. The Evansville Courier & Press reports she’s being held without bond on a petition to revoke her probation after a traffic offense conviction.

Her granddaughter, Kaylei Carter, was found dead May 11. Evansville Assistant Police Chief Chris Pugh said Monday that Johnson allegedly smoked synthetic marijuana while babysitting and left the drug out where the toddler reached it.

Investigators ordered a toxicology test after an initial autopsy showed no signs of trauma.

Online jail records didn’t list an attorney for Johnson.