Johnnie Koranda, 32, and Michelle Beamer, 30, of Joshua Tree have been behind bars since Friday after the child was hospitalized, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said.
"She's slowly recovering," said San Bernardino County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Radeleff. "She's no longer in ICU but she's being monitored because of what she went through."
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday filed four counts of child abuse against the couple. They were arraigned in Morongo Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Sheriff's deputies began investigating the case after they received information that the child was in critical condition at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree.
The girl was suffering seizures, a severe fever and had an elevated heart rate. She tested positive for methamphetamine.
Paramedics flew her to Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Detectives learned the child consumed methamphetamine, thinking it was candy, at a home in the 5000 block of First Street. They didn't specify where in the home the child found the drugs, but said they were easily accessible to the victim.
San Bernardino County Child and Family Services officials relocated three other children living at the residence.
Radeleff said they found an amount of drugs consistent with personal use.
Deputies suspect the version of meth found is known as Strawberry Quik, due to its flavor. But they plan to conduct tests on the seized drugs.
"It's not uncommon for us to search residences and find narcotics in residences where kids are in the house," Radeleff said. "But fortunately, it is a rarity for the children to ingest the narcotics."
The couple is scheduled to return to court for a pre-preliminary hearing Jan. 22.
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