MALVERN, Ark -- The Hot Spring County Prosecuting Attorney said Amber Butler, 31, who also goes by the name Amber Gordon, is being charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of her young daughter.
Investigators said the child passed away in July and had drugs in her system, but have not specified what kind drugs or how the child got ahold of them.
The prosecuting attorney said authorities conducted a lengthy investigation before making any arrests.
A close friend, who did not want his name revealed, said he's known Butler nearly 10 years.
"She's not a bad mom at all. Loved her daughter," said the friend.
Butler is now a prime suspect in the death of her young daughter, the friend said who would have turned 2-years-old last week.
"I couldn't believe it," said the friend.
Investigators said Butler's daughter passed away while being cared for by Butler and the young girl's father, Daniel Gordon.
"She was hysterical. Cried," said Butler.
The friend said he had just dropped Butler off at Gordon's house, where the toddler lived, a few days before the tragedy happened.
"She loved her daughter more than anybody, I could say or as much as anybody," said the friend.
A couple of days later, he found out it would be the last time Butler would see her daughter alive.
"I was in disbelief," said the friend.
About a month after the child's death, the friend said Butler, who was living with him at the time, found out what may have caused it.
"Investigators came down and went to go speak to her about it," said the friend. "Didn't say to me specifically, but it was prescription pills in her system."
Butler was placed behind bars Tuesday. The friend said he has talked to her twice since her arrest.
"She is not very great. She can't really stop crying, just in disbelief," said the friend.
Authorities said they are looking for the child's father. Amber's bond has been set at $75,000. She is due back in court October 16th.
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