Police: 2-year-old girl died from pills kept in candy dish

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Kimberly Artis, 39, (left) and Steven Bullock, 51. (Mugshots courtesy: WTKR-TV)

SUFFOLK, Va. — Authorities are seeking charges against a former Suffolk couple related to the death of their 2-year-old granddaughter, who ingested a fatal amount of pills that were kept in a candy dish.

Suffolk spokeswoman Debbie George told WAVY-TV that a Suffolk grand jury issued indictments against Destiny Riddick’s grandparents — Kimberly Artis, 39, and Steven Bullock, 51.

According to news-gathering partner WTKR-TV, Bullock was arrested around 4 a.m. Friday in Portsmouth after police received a tip.  Artis reportedly told police Friday that both she and Bullock would turn themselves in, but they never came forward. 

Artis remains at large, WTKR reports. 

Destiny was found unresponsive July 17, 2011 at the Suffolk home where the couple lived. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Further investigation found that the child ingested suboxone that was kept in a candy dish. Suboxone is a medication that treats addiction to heroin and similar drugs.

Artis’s cousin told WTKR that the suspect had been battling a drug problem, but that she was “getting her life back on track” after recently being released from jail. 

Artis and Bullock each face felony murder, felony child abuse or neglect, and drug-possession charges. Their last known address was in Portsmouth.