FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Police in northwestern Arizona are looking into whether the mother of an 8-year-old girl who was killed last month supplied methamphetamine to the man charged with her death.
Justin Rector has pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree murder and kidnapping. He was arrested after the body of Isabella Grogan-Cannella was found Sept. 3 in a shallow grave near her Bullhead City home.
Police say they later learned that Isabella’s mother, 29-year-old Tania Grogan, and her stepfather, 28-year-old Ralph Folster III, had been selling heroin and methamphetamine. They were arrested Wednesday on drug charges.
Rector told police he had been smoking meth on the day Isabella went missing.
Police also arrested Folster’s mother, Freddie Nicholson, on charges of transporting and possessing dangerous drugs. Nicholson was in Isabella’s home when the girl disappeared.