Elkhart County prosecutor says girl, 10, ingested meth before death


    Brandon Hobbs and Erica Reschke // Photos provided

    A Michigan couple faces neglect charges after a 10-year-old girl died in Elkhart with high levels of meth in her system.

    The little girl died back in June.

    Prosecutors claim 30-year-old Erica Reschke and 34-year-old Brandon Hobbs took her and her 9-year-old sibling to a home in Elkhart.

    “It was kind of early in the morning, and I heard some dogs barking,” said Clayton Freshour, neighbor. “I think it was the neighbors over there. I looked out and saw probably 10 or 12 county and city police cars there and a couple state police cars.”

    Freshour described that morning in June where a 10-year-old girl died at his neighbor’s home with high levels of meth in her system.

    “I’m scared it could happen to anybody, not just a kid. It’s just crazy, you know. It really is,” said Freshour,

    Reschke and Hobbs were at a home on Wood Street in Elkhart where police believe the girl ingested meth.

    “Speechless really,” said Evelyn Pereida, neighbor. “I can’t imagine why she would have that in her system. Like I said, I have an 11-year-old and that just breaks my heart, really bad. It does. Very speechless and it just breaks my heart. It does.”

    According to police, both children required close supervision because of their special needs and had access to the drug.

    Reschke is facing charges that include “Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death” and if found guilty could face more than 42 years behind bars.

    Hobbs is also facing neglect charges, that carry a maximum sentence of two and a half years behind bars.

    Neighbors say they hate that something like this happened to a child.

    “It’s very eye-opening and surreal, really," said Pereida. "When I was younger you never heard about stuff like this."

    “I’m a Vietnam veteran, and to see our country go to hell like this, it’s really disturbing,” said Freshour.

    The couple has already had an initial hearing and will head to trial in May,

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