Last updated: August 22. 2014 11:04AM - 6053 Views
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Caneyville residents Benjamin and Lana Brown were recently arrested and indicted for and charged with second degree manslaughter in relation to the January death of toddler Keaton Runsvold.


According to Grayson Circuit Court indictments, filed on June 3, 2014, Benjamin and Lana Brown, on or about Jan. 16, 2014, in Grayson County, Kentucky, committed the offense of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, when acting alone or in complicity with another/others, they wantonly caused the death of Runsvold, who was 23 months old at the time of his death.


Benjamin Brown was also charged and indicted for being a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree.


According to a Grayson Circuit Court indictment, on or about Jan. 16, 2014, in Grayson County, Benjamin Brown had previously been convicted of two or more felonies.


Benjamin and Lana Brown were served arrest warrants by the Leitchfield Police Department and transported to the Grayson County Detention Center on Wednesday, Aug. 13.


Benjamin Brown is still lodged in the GCDC on a $50,000 cash bond. Lana Brown is also still lodged in the GCDC on a $25,000 cash bond.


Benjamin and Lana Brown are both scheduled to appear in Grayson Circuit Court on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.


An initial press release from the KSP stated that Runsvold was discovered unresponsive by a relative at 104 Cherry St. in Caneyville - the residence of Benjamin and Lana Brown, according to the indictments - on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.


Runsvold was found unresponsive by Grayson County Emergency Medical Services at the residence after a relative called 911, according to the KSP release.


The child was then transported by GCEMS to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased at 9:36 a.m.


The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and assisted with transporting family members to the hospital.


The KSP received a call about Runsvold at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 16., and KSP personnel conducted a search of the residence.


An autopsy performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville revealed that, prior to his death, Runsvold had ingested clonazepam, alprazolam, oxycodone, and oxymorphone, according to Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson.


The State Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death “acute mixed drug intoxication,” Hudson said.


 
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