Rowan County Parents Arrested After 7-Month-Old Baby Overdoses On Amphetamines

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Two suspects were arrested Friday afternoon in connection to the overdose of their infant baby, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation into the overdose was sparked Oct. 2 when officials were dispatched to a Holobough Lane home in Rowan County about an unresponsive 7-month-old child. First responders conducted CPR on the child, and hospital staff later administered Narcan which allowed the child to be able to breath on his own.

The child was transported to Presbyterian Hospital, in Charlotte, where he recovered and has since been discharged.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the family’s home and evidence of narcotics use was located. According to authorities, 23-year-old William Keller and 24-year-old Brittney Shupe denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the child was playing on the floor, when he suddenly went unconscious.

However, investigators determined that the child had come into contact with amphetamines, resulting in an overdose. At the conclusion of the investigation, charges were obtained on both parents for felony child abuse, according to deputies.

During the arrest, authorities say Keller attempted to provide investigators a fake name which resulted in an additional charge of obstructing and delaying the arresting officers.

Brittney was given a $10,000 secured bond, and William was provided a $12,000 secured bond.  Both are still being held in the Rowan County Detention Center.

The Rowan County Department of Social Services assisted RCSO Detectives during the investigation, and have arranged care for the victim child.