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Posted on: June 25, 2019

06-25-2019 Arrests made in infant death investigation


Arrests have been made in the death of an infant that took place on November 24, 2018. 

Officers were on patrol on Maple Grove Ave., when they responded to a call for help.  Officers encountered Eugene Chandler, who was holding an unresponsive infant.  Officers immediately began rendering CPR.  The Danville Lifesaving Crew transported the infant to the SOVAH Health emergency room, where she was pronounced deceased.   Though there were no obvious signs of physical trauma to the infant, the department immediately began a death investigation.  The case was referred to the Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.   A subsequent search of the victim’s home resulted in the discovery of evidence indicating drug use.  Autopsy results indicated that the two-month old-female’s cause of death was due to an “Acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping.” 

On June 24, 2019, a Danville grand jury indicted the parents of the infant for felony homicide and abuse and neglect of a child.  The individuals indicted are Eugene D. Chandler, Jr. (age 27) and Shaleigh M. Brumfield (age 26), both of Danville.  Police arrested both individuals on June 25, 2019, without incident. Both currently are being held in the Danville City Jail without bond. 

The Danville Police Department worked closely with the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in investigating this incident and determining charges.  

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call 911, Danville Crime Stoppers at (434) 793-0000, the Detective Division at (434) 799-6508, or e-mail at Information given will remain confidential

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