Midway resident charged with child endangerment, murder

Posted 7/15/20

Johnny Ray Gafford, 46, of Midway has been charged with child endangerment along with first degree murder after allegedly smoking methamphetamine in the presence of his infant daughter, resulting in her February death.

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Midway resident charged with child endangerment, murder

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Johnny Ray Gafford, 46, of Midway has been charged with child endangerment along with first degree murder after allegedly smoking methamphetamine in the presence of his infant daughter, resulting in her February death.

“During the investigation, it was found that (Gafford) had used methamphetamine around her in the days leading to and the night prior to her death,” said a Wednesday press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

On Feb. 8, shortly before 9 a.m., MCSO Deputies, Midway first responders and CHI St. Joseph EMS personnel responded to the Alaska Lane residence in Midway to assist with an unresponsive, eight-week-old infant.

The infant was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The Montgomery County medical examiner who performed the autopsy noted several findings, including the presence of methamphetamine in the infant’s system. Madison County investigators were alerted and continued their investigation.

The mother was not present at the residence at the time of the infant’s death and is not considered a suspect in this case.

Gafford is being charged with child endangerment, a state felony, along with murder, a first degree felony.

“Due to this being an ongoing case, we cannot give full details in reference to the investigation,” said the MCSO press release. “Further information will be provided once this case is completed and handed over to the Madison County District Attorney’s Office.”

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