It’s been nearly one year since 2-year-old Destiny Riddick died after allegedly ingesting some pills from her grandmother Kimberly Artis’ (pictured left) candy dish. Now police are hunting for Artis who ran away after being brought up on murder charges for her granddaughter’s death, according to NewsChannel 3.
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On July 17, 2011, Destiny reportedly thought she was eating candy from a dish that had been ordinarily filled with sweet treats in her grandmother’s Suffolk, Virginia, home. Instead, the little girl had swallowed the potent drug suboxone, which is used to treat heroin addictions.
When Suffolk police were summoned to the scene, they found that the child was not breathing. Destiny was then immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Last week, prosecutors finally issued an indictment charging Artis and her live-in boyfriend, Steven Bullock (pictured above, right), 51, with the toddler’s death. When authorities went to pay the 39-year-old grandmother a visit, they discovered that Artis had fled. Bullock, whom police could not locate at first, eventually turned himself in to police on Monday afternoon and was arrested.
A relative revealed to News Channel 3 that Artis had been battling a drug problem and was on a mission to get her life back on the straight and narrow since her recent release from jail.
The reason why it took police so long to get the indictments for Artis and Bullock was because the toxicology report took an inordinate amount of time to be produced and investigators also needed more evidence in order to build their case.
Bullock’s brother, Harvey, told News Channel 3 that his sibling was distraught over the child’s death and that the pills definitely had not belonged to him.
Meanwhile, police are looking for Artis. If anyone has any information on the runaway granny, call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.