Four Citrus County residents were arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a 2-month-old child as well as a litany of other charges, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office news release.
In addition to the charge of aggravated manslaughter, 25-year-old Kevin Courtney, 25; Stephanie Carroll, 25; Steven Gibson, 52; and, Tammy Allison, 44, were also charged with child neglect. Both Gibson and Allison were additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of using controlled substances.
CCSO personnel along with the United States Marshals Task Force were assigned to locate and apprehend the four suspects. Courtney and Allison were apprehended in Citrus County by U.S.Marshals, while Carroll was found in Hernando County; authorities located Gibson in Georgia. All were taken into custody without incident.
According to the release, the CCSO received a 911 call March 13, 2020, in reference to a 2-month-old baby who was unresponsive and not breathing. Deputies and EMS arrived at the residence in Inverness and located the victim, who was then transported to Citrus Memorial Hospital by EMS where she was later pronounced deceased.
From the medical examiner’s report, it was determined that methamphetamine toxicity contributed to the baby's death. During additional interviews, four adults living in the residence at the time of the infant's death told detectives they regularly snorted and smoked methamphetamine in the presence of the deceased child and two other juveniles. With this information, the two other juveniles inside the home were removed by DCF and placed with a family member.