PINEVILLE — A Bell County couple pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter in the death of their toddler.
Kayla Mosley, 2, died March 6 as a result of "acute combined intoxication," according to a state police news release. Police said she swallowed anti-anxiety pills and a drug used to treat people for drug addiction.
Her parents, Carrie Brummett, 38, and Rondall Mosley, 43, were arrested Tuesday, more than three months after Kayla's death.
Detective Doyle Halcomb said state police began investigating immediately after the girl died. It took some time to get the results of toxicology tests that played a role in charging the parents, he said.
Authorities don't know how the girl ingested the prescription medication.
Brummett and Mosley said the girl began running a fever and her health deteriorated before they called an ambulance, but their account didn't match other evidence, Halcomb said.
Both parents are being held in the Bell County Detention Center on $1 million full cash bond each. They will return to court June 22 for preliminary hearings.