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Johnston Couple in Court on Manslaughter Charges

Posted December 31, 2007

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— A Johnston County couple accused of killing the woman's 7-month-old boy was expected to face a judge Monday.

Joshua Quinn Tart died Nov. 1, but a recent autopsy report led to the arrests of Katherine Strickland and her husband, Jeffery Parker.

Deputies say the couple originally told them the child was accidentally dropped in October. A medical examiner's report shows the child died from "complications of drowning."

Strickland and Parker are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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