The parents of a 3-year-old girl whose body was found in a river this week were high on meth when she fell into the water, authorities in Wythe County,Virginia said this week.
Josie Burleson was reported missing about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night after her parents said she was playing outside and wandered off, according to a news release by the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.
Josie Burleson was found dead in the New River just after 1 a.m. Wednesday after authorities say her mother, Kimberly Moore, and boyfriend, Adrian Puckett, reported her missing.
Moore and Puckett told authorities that Burleson was playing near the New River trail outside of their rental property on Rocky Road when she wandered off.
Josie Burleson was just 3 years old when she wandered off and drowned while her mother and the boyfriend were high on meth
A team of over 100 people from multiple agencies searched the area near the New River in Barren Springs for more than five hours and eventually found the girl’s body in the water, authorities said.
County, Sheriff Keith Dunagan told WSLS-TV that the mother and her boyfriend were under the influence of methamphetamine when they lost sight of their child.
“I believe that the child would be alive today if the adults that were supposed to be supervising weren’t high,” he said.