NEW INFORMATION: Man, Wife Charged with Negligent Homicide in Toddler’s Death in Madison

McKenzie Riegn Speigner (Family photo)

McKenzie Riegn Speigner (Family photo)

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Police have charged a man and a woman with criminally negligent homicide for an incident involving his child in 2012.

Kristopher Speigner, 31, was arrested Monday in Enterprise, Alabama. He was taken to the Madison County Jail where he is being held on a $6,000 bond.

Kristopher Joseph Speigner

Kristopher Joseph Speigner

Joy Lynn Speigner was arrested and charged on Tuesday with criminally negligent homicide and is being held in the Madison County Jail, also on a $6,000 bond.

The 18-month-old girl died last year after ingesting dishwashing detergent and her parents were both too intoxicated to help her, according to court records filed Thursday.

In a Sept. 9 affidavit ( SpeignerAlacourt ) that was filed Thursday in Madison County District Court, Madison Police Sgt. Drew Westrope testified that the girl swallowed dishwashing detergent that was in tablet form at an apartment on Colonial Lake Drive in Madison.

Joy Lynn Speigner (Photo from previous arrest)

Joy Lynn Speigner (Photo from previous arrest)

Her father and her stepmother, both of whom have an Enterprise address, “did not seek medical help” for the child “due to (their) state of intoxication, which was the result of ingesting pharmaceutical medication and drinking alcohol,” according to the affidavits filed in each case.

19-month-old McKenzie Riegn Speigner was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.  The Madison County Coroner said an examination showed the child had swallowed a dishwasher gel pack.

Police investigated the circumstances surrounding the child’s death and obtained arrest warrants.

 Criminally negligent homicide is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
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