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POLICE: Carrollton suspects charged in connection with death of four-day-old boy

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Jarod Martin and Lisa Payton (Source: Carroll County Detention Center) Jarod Martin and Lisa Payton (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two Carrollton, Kentucky, residents have been charged in connection with the death of a four-day-old boy.

According to court documents, Kentucky State Police arrested 29-year-old Lisa Payton and 33-year-old Jarod Martin on Wednesday afternoon at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.

Police say Payton and Martin, the parents of the child, brought the child into the hospital claiming that the child had stopped breathing. Police say foul play is suspected.

Both suspects are charged with first degree criminal abuse.

According to Payton's arrest report, Payton, "gave [a] statement saying she dropped [a] four-day-old infant child while under the influence of illegal drugs, causing the infant's death." Neighbors who live in the area where the incident is said to have happened said they heard similar stories.

"Her nephew came and told me last night and he said that she was high on pills and she dropped the baby on the floor," said Kimberly Drury, a neighbor of Payton and Martin.

Criminal complaints against both Payton and Martin state that both subjects, "abused John Doe, a four-day-old infant, and thereby caused him serious physical injury and/or caused torture or cruel punishment to him."

Carroll County Corner David Wilhoite identified the child as four-day-old Traven Martin, who was pronounced dead at 10:18 a.m. yesterday at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. He said an autopsy performed Thursday morning had turned up no signs of physical trauma. The coroner says they found no signs that the baby was abused or beaten. The coroner also says there was nothing that indicates that the baby was dropped.

"She shouldn't have been high and holding her child, that's not an accident," Drury said. "There's no way that's an accident. You don't get high and hold a new born baby."

They are still looking into a cause of death.

Wilhoite added that any investigation involving the death of an infant is difficult for those involved.

"It’s trying for everybody – the hospital staff, the Kentucky State Police detective working the case," he said. "It’s a tragedy that a child that young don’t have a chance in life, or whatever. It takes a toll of everybody – not just me. Everybody involved in it."

If convicted, the pair could face between 5 to 10 years behind bars.

Martin and Payton are currently behind bars at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Court documents state that they are considered a flight risk, and a danger to others.

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