Indiana couple charged with neglect after child's autopsy reveals high levels of meth

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    An Indiana couple was charged on multiple counts of neglect following the June death of a 10-year-old girl.

    Prosecutors in Elkhart, Indiana, filed the criminal charges Feb. 6, against 30-year-old Erica Reschke and 34-year-old Brandon Hobbs, both of Cassopolis, Indiana.

    Reschke and Hobbs brought the child and her 9-year-old sibling to a home in Elkhart County for the evening, prosecutors said. Both children required intensive supervision by caregivers because both have special needs, prosecutors said.

    Homicide investigators later learned that the 10-year-old ingested methamphetamine at that home. Investigators accused Reschke of taking the drug to the home, where the girl could had access to it.

    Elkhart County officials said blood tests revealed high levels of methamphetamine in the child's system. Initial autopsy findings revealed bowel obstruction and internal complications gave rise to a natural cause of death.

    Reschke was charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a felony, and one count of neglect of a dependent, also a felony. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 42.5 years at the Indiana Department of Correction.

    Erick Reschke faces child abuse charges in Indiana.(WWMT/Contributed, Elkhart County prosecutor's office)

    Hobbs was charged with two counts of felony neglect of a dependent. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 2.5 years in prison.

    Brandon Hobbs faces child neglect charges in Indiana. (WWMT/Contributed, Elkhart County prosecutor's office)

    A trial date has been scheduled for May 6 at 8:30 a.m. in Goshen, Indiana.

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