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Carroll County parents indicted for murder of 4-day-old child

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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) -- A grand jury has indicted two Carroll County parents for the murder of their own 4-day-old child.

On Monday, a Carroll County Grand Jury indicted 33-year-old Jarod Martin and 29-year-old Lisa Payton for murder and wanton endangerment.

According to court documents, Kentucky State Police arrested 29-year-old Lisa Payton and 33-year-old Jarod Martin last August 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. At the time, police said foul play was suspected.

Both suspects were originally 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."

After the arrests, neighbors who lived in the area 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, shortly after their arrests in August.

Criminal complaints against both Payton and Martin stated 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 later identified the child as four-day-old Traven Martin, who was pronounced dead at the hospital in August. At the time, he said an autopsy had turned up no signs of physical trauma. The coroner said at the time that they found no signs that the baby was abused or beaten. The coroner also said there was nothing that indicated 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 newborn baby."

Wilhoite told us last year 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."

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