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Deputies: Parents' drug abuse led to infant's death

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Amber Rose Landry, 29, is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail. Amber Rose Landry, 29, is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail.
PORT CHARLOTTE (FOX 13) -

A Charlotte County couple was arrested Friday on Homicide charges stemming from last year's death of their 17-month-old baby boy.

Amber Rose Landry, 29, and Scott Paul Landry, 31, are being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail. They are each facing one count of Aggravated Manslaughter of a child.

The infant died on November 17, 2011.

According to a Charlotte County Sheriff's Office report deputies were dispatched to the Landry's residence in Deep Creek at approximately 12:30 PM in response to an unresponsive child call.

Investigators spoke with Mrs. Landry who said her son was not breathing when she went to check on him. Mr. Landry was performing CPR when emergency medical personnel arrived at the home.

The little boy was transported to Peace River Regional Medical Center when he later died. Detectives with CCSO's Major Crimes Unit interviewed the ER doctor who said the baby went into full cardiac arrest just prior to his death.

Detectives also questioned both parents about the circumstances leading up to the child's death. Scott Landry told investigators that he was on methadone and that his wife was attending a methadone clinic.

He stated that he did not take any other medications and that the methadone was locked in a drawer at the home. Both parents signed a waiver authorizing a search of the residence.

During the search three empty prescription bottles of Oxcycodone, prescribed to Scott Landry, were located in a locked drawer. In the same drawer were two empty prescription bottles for Methadone.

Four days after the child's death an autopsy found no suspicious trauma to the body. On December 21st a toxicology report revealed the baby had a toxic level of Oxycodone in his blood and a high level of Oxymorphone in his urine.

The Medical Examiner's Office report says the drug overdose caused the child's death. A follow-up interview with the Landry's revealed the couple had been snorting the drug the night before the tragedy.

Detectives say the couple's abuse of Oxycodone caused a lack of parental supervision for the children in the home.

Two other children in the home, ages 2 and 9, were removed by the Department of Children & Families and tested by a pediatrician.

The younger child tested positive for Benzo and Oxycodone. Both kids were placed in the care of their grandparents.

Scott Landry is no stranger to law enforcement. Friday was his 11th booking into the Charlotte County Jail. His prior arrests included a variety of charges including driving under the influence, petit theft, grand theft and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. 

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