Mississippi couple wanted in granddaughter's death arrested in Tennessee

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

killed her.

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

www.djournal.com article.

"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

to murder.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,