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story.lead_photo.caption Johnny Richard Sr., 30, of Blytheville

A northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the methamphetamine-related death of his infant son, authorities said.

Johnny Richard Sr., 30, of Blytheville entered into a plea agreement Monday on a charge of manslaughter, according to a news release from Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington’s office.

Richard was the father of a 4-month-old infant who died from meth poisoning in August, court records show.

The child, Johnny Ray Richard Jr., was taken to a hospital Aug. 20 and pronounced dead on arrival, The Associated Press previously reported. An autopsy report concluded that the boy died from meth toxicity.

Richard’s wife, 32-year-old Christina Richard, also faces a manslaughter charge in the child’s death. She has a court appearance set for March 29.

The parents were each initially arrested on a charge of second-degree murder, police said.


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