New Law Involving Methamphetamine

A north Alabama couple indicted in the death of their infant daughter is believed to be the first in the state charged under a new law.

It’s aimed at people cooking methamphetamine around children.

Twenty-five-year-old William neighbors and 24-year-old Melissa Little, both of Odenville in Saint Clair County were charged with chemical endangerment of a child.

The district attorney said the couple's 15-month-old daughter, Melissa, died after ingesting or inhaling methadone.

The substance is normally used to treat drug addicts.

The new law went into effect June 1 and the child died June 5.

Chemical endangerment is a class a felony.

If convicted, the penalty is ten years to life in prison.