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Nauvoo woman charged in connection with death of 19-month-old child

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NAUVOO, Ill. (WGEM) - A Nauvoo woman was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the death of her 19-month-old child.

Nauvoo police arrested Jody Nichole Price, 33, and charged her with endangering the life or health of a child, a class three felony. Police say the child died July 21 as a proximate result of her actions.

"The preliminary toxicology report showed the presence of an illegal controlled substance," Asst. Chief Mike Boley said. "When you hear results like this it makes it that much worse."
   
That's what Boley had to say after arresting Price in connection with the death of her 19-month-old daughter, Kacy.
   
Boley says it happened at 1895 Young Street in Nauvoo on July 21, when  police were notified that baby Kacy had been found unresponsive.
   
"During the course of the interview the mother (Price) did state that she had left morphine pills in the area of where the child slept and played in the bedroom," Boley said. "She knew that the pills were there. She was just unable to find them I guess."

Information filed in Hancock County Circuit Court states the violation was the proximate cause of the child's death.
   
It's news residents in the small town of Nauvoo aren't taking lightly.
   
"It's very sad," Brandy Buchanan said. "I don't know how any mother could go through the streets on a daily basis after it happened smiling and everything else, and not regretting anything that happened."
   
"I couldn't believe it," Tammy Bunnell said. "I couldn't believe it, I really couldn't. Especially to be that nonchalant about it."
    
Boley says in memory of baby Kacy, police will continue to work diligently to ensure justice is served.
   
"We still have a job to do and that's why we're continuing on and we're going to make sure that we cover all of our bases and get all of the information that we can," Boley said.

Boley says Price made her first appearance in court Thursday morning. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Price is due back in court Sept. 8 for a preliminary hearing. Police continue to investigate, and more charges are possible. 

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