January 14, 2019
PARENTS OF DECEASED 18 MONTH OLD CHARGED WITH MURDER
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — Today Prosecutor Eric Smith’s office authorized charges of second degree murder on the parents of Ava Floyd, an 18 month old baby.
On Christmas morning, Antonio Floyd, 28 year old male, and his children’s 27 year old mother, Shantanice Barksdale, were at their home in Clinton Township, along with three children. That afternoon they took their children to grandmother’s home in Warren. A short time later, Ava Floyd was discovered to not be breathing. The toddler was taken to St. John Macomb Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 3:31 P.M. No signs of trauma or abuse were observed by the hospital staff.
The Medical Examiner’s office notified Warren Police that the baby had an extraordinary level of the narcotic Fentanyl in her system at the time of death. On January 10, 2019, law enforcement executed search warrants on the grandmother’s home in Warren, as well as the parents’ home in Clinton Twp. The police uncovered evidence of manufacturing and distributing narcotics inside Antonio Floyd and Shantanice Barksdale’s residence.
Additional investigation led the authorities to believe that Mr. Floyd and Ms. Barksdale were involved in drug trafficking and are using the Clinton Twp. home to process and package Fentanyl for distribution. “The nation is experiencing an opioid epidemic,” said Prosecutor Eric Smith. “However, to see an infant experience such a tragic death on Christmas morning as a result of ingesting a large quantity of her parents’ Fentanyl is truly gut-wrenching.” Smith continued, “This type of criminal behavior will be met with the full weight of this Prosecutors office.”
Floyd and Barksdale have been charged with second degree murder, deliver/manufacturing of controlled substance, manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and felony firearm. Floyd, a convicted felon is also being charged with additional counts of felon in possession of a weapon and felony firearm. They are expected to be arraigned at 2:30 P.M. today before Judge Chmura in Warren District Court.