Couple Faces Charges After Drugging Their 2-Day-Old Baby With Meth and Killing Her

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2015   |   4:52PM   |   Greenville, SC

A South Carolina couple faces charges in connection with the death of a 2-day-old little girl and the newborn’s mother faces a murder charge. Officials say the mother drugged her infant with meth, killing her.

Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, 27, charged with with murder by child abuse and four counts of unlawful neglect of child and her boyfriend Shane Ray Fuller, 42, is charged with child neglect. The couple’s daughter Gracie Mae Fuller was born November 17 and died just two days later.

The county coroner determined cause of death to be drug intoxication after discovering high levels of methamphetamine in newborn’s system. They were arrested in February and investigators said the 2-day-old baby died at a home in the Simpsonville area, which Fuller and Smith-Durham shared with three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7.

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Greenville County deputies filed the charges following the investigation into 2-day-old Gracie May Fuller’s Nov. 19, 2014 death.

Coroner Parks Evans determined the cause of death to be drug intoxication. Deputies said the baby had high levels of methamphetamine in her system.



Deputies said the death happened at a home on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area.

Fuller and Smith-Durham and three other young children lived in the home, which deputies said was deplorable and had no electricity.
The three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7, were placed in DSS custody.