Arraignment on murder charges was delayed again Thursday for the Jurupa Valley parents of a 15-month-old boy who authorities say died of a fentanyl overdose.

Adler Metcalf, 22, and Sandy Acuna, 20, are now set to be arraigned Tuesday. The pair were arrested Nov. 10 after investigators determined the boy, who was initially reported to have stopped breathing in September 2020, actually died from fentanyl that belonged to the parents, authorities said.

Metcalf and Acuna were both charged with one count of murder and multiple counts of willful child cruelty.

They were scheduled for arraignment Thursday at the Riverside Hall of Justice, but a request for continuation was filled for unknown reasons, according to court records. An earlier scheduled arraignment on Tuesday was also pushed back. Unconfirmed media reports have indicated that Acuna was being treated for COVID-19 in jail.

Acuna and Metcalf are both being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

On Sept. 1, 2020, emergency crews responded to a call of a juvenile who had stopped breathing at a home in the 5400 block of 34th Street in Jurupa Valley and administered medical aid to the toddler, who was eventually pronounced dead, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

According to court papers, Acuna initially told investigators that the boy — Adler Metcalf Jr. — had crawled out of his crib and swallowed a white pain pill, possibly Oxycontin.

But the boy’s death prompted a lengthy investigation, during which investigators allegedly discovered photos on Acuna’s cell phone of pills consistent with counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the court papers.

A round of drug testing found that Metcalf had marijuana and fentanyl in his system, while Acuna had fentanyl in her system. The couple’s 4-month-old daughter had marijuana in her system, according to court documents.

Investigators concluded that Metcalf and Acuna were giving fentanyl and marijuana to both children, court papers stated.

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