Mother, boyfriend who were high on meth charged after toddler drowns in New River, sheriff says

Josie Burleson's body found early Wednesday morning

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Authorities arrested a 3-year-old girl's mother and her boyfriend after the girl drowned in the New River while the pair was under the influence of meth, according to Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan.

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. 

Adrian Puckett (left), Kimberly Moore (right). Courtesy of New River Regional Jail.

Moore and Puckett have been charged with reckless endangerment. The sheriff said more charges could be pending.

Moore has previous felony charges for grand larceny and possession of a controlled substance. 

"In this case, the parents of the child didn't pay attention and now they lost their child. The reason they weren't paying attention is because they were under the influence of methamphetamine," said Dunagan. "That's why this child is deceased now."

Dunagan was unsure if Puckett is Burleson's father. 


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