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Couple charged with child abuse after baby tests positive for meth

Two people were charged Wednesday with felony child abuse after an infant they were watching tested positive for meth, according to court records.
Two people were charged Wednesday with felony child abuse after an infant they were watching tested positive for meth, according to court records.
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SOUTH SALT LAKE — Two people were charged Wednesday with felony child abuse after an infant they were watching tested positive for meth, according to court records.

Betty Jo Beagley, 31, of Salt Lake City, and Jonathan William Hayes, 30, of Magna, were each charged in 3rd District Court with child abuse, a second-degree felony. Hayes was also charged with drug possession with prior convictions, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

On Feb. 26, Beagley asked her sister if she could watch her 11-month-old daughter for a while. The sister said she frequently tends the baby girl because both Beagley and Hayes "use methamphetamine and heroin by injecting and smoking it," according to charging documents.

About 30 minutes after picking up the girl from the InTowne Suites, 48 W. 3300 South, the sister noticed that the baby's "pupils were pinpoint, her eyes kept rolling back in her head, she was not breathing well and she was acting strangely, the charges state.

The sister took the baby to Granger Medical Center where the infant tested positive for drugs and was transferred to Primary Children's Hospital. The girl was found to have meth, morphine and buprenorphine in her system, the charges state.

Both Beagley and Hayes suggested to police that the baby may have ingested pills or drugs by crawling around on the floor and finding items left by the previous renters, court records state. Hayes also said the baby would have tested positive for meth "just from him smoking drugs in the bathroom," the charges state.

An updated condition on the baby was not immediately available Wednesday.

Hayes was convicted on felony drug-related charges in November. A warrant was issued for his arrest in January when he failed to show up for sentencing, according to court records.

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