An Alcorn County couple wanted by police in
connection with the death their 5-year-old granddaughter has been
arrested in Tennessee.
Jimmy and Gloria Long of Corinth are accused in the death of
Leah Woods. The child, who lived in Pensacola, Fla., with her
mother, was visiting her grandparents when she became ill on Feb.
22 and later died.
In February, Alcorn County 911 received a call saying the child
was unresponsive. She was flown by medical helicopter to University
of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham. The child died at the hospital
and authorities suspected something other than natural causes had
An Alabama coroner said the child died as a result of ingesting
Elavil, a prescription antidepressant drug also used as a sleep
aid. It wasn't until May that autopsy results confirmed that the
child died from taking the drug.
After an arrest warrant was issued for the Longs, Alcorn County
Sheriff Jimmy Taylor said, the two fled. They were arrested
Saturday in Humboldt, Tenn.
Leah's mother, Crystal Clark, said investigators notified her
Saturday that the two had been apprehended, according to a
"I'm glad they've been caught," said Clark. "I hope they
aren't allowed to bond out so they can run again."
The case will be presented to the grand jury in August. The
sheriff has said charged could be upgraded from felony child abuse
Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,