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UPDATE:Two charged in infant's death

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BECKLEY (WVVA)-- Police have arrested two people in connection with the death of a 2-year-old child in Raleigh County.

State Police have charged 23-year-old James Green with first-degree murder and 27-year-old Brandy Smallwood with child neglect resulting in death.

According to a news release, two troopers from the Beckley detachment responded to the Fairdale area of Raleigh County at approximately 9:23 p.m. Friday for a 911 call in the Fairdale area that a child had fallen from the window of a mobile home.

When troopers arrived, the child had been carried to a neighbor's house by the child's stepfather, 23-year-old James Green. Green apparently told neighbors he was going to commit suicide and was later found unresponsive from an apparent drug overdose back at his residence.

The child was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center where the toddler died early Saturday.

An initial release from the State Police suggested the child may have been the victim of a 'shaken baby' incident, but police later said the child showed signs of being beaten over an extended period of time.

The baby had a twin that is now with Child Protective Services.

Both Green and Smallwood are being held at Southern Regional Jail.

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ORIGINAL REPORT:

BECKLEY (WVVA)-- West Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child in Fairdale.

According to a news release, two troopers from the Beckley detachment responded Friday night to a 911 call that the child had fallen from the window of a mobile home.

When troopers arrived, the child had been carried to a neighbor's house by the child's stepfather, 23-year-old James Green. Green was later found unresponsive from an apparent drug overdose back at his residence.

The child was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center where the toddler died early Saturday.

A preliminary investigation indicates the child died from shaking, not from a fall from the window.

No arrest has been made.

Green was also hospitalized.

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