Couple fails to show up for trial related to young daughter’s death

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L to R: Kristopher Speigner, Joy Lynn Speigner (Photos: Madison Police Dept.)

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A couple failed to appear in court Thursday for their trial for criminally negligent homicide, in the 2012 death of their daughter.

Kristopher and Joy Lynn Speigner were scheduled to appear for a bench trial in Judge Schuyler Richardson’s courtroom, but the two didn’t show up.

Joy Speigner’s bond has now been revoked, because she has some new charges against her in south Alabama, where the couple now lives.

The couple’s daughter, 18-month-old McKenzie, died after swallowing a dishwasher gel pack in an apartment on Colonial Lake Drive in Madison.  Police say the parents were too intoxicated to do anything to help her.

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

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