A Baltimore woman was charged Aug. 2 for poisoning her two grandchildren, a five-month-old girl and one-year-old boy, by rubbing methadone on their gums.
The male toddler was killed by “methadone intoxication” according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Towanda Reaves, 50, has been charged with second degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, two charges of first degree assault, two charges of second degree assault, first degree child abuse resulting in a serious injury and reckless endangerment.
According on police, on July 5 around 4:16 a.m., district police responded to a 911 call from a house in the 1600 block of North Forrest Park Avenue stating the 1-year-old boy was not breathing. Police said they arrived on the scene and performed CPR on the boy, who was later taken to Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead.
Reaves said she put her three grandchildren to bed around 8 p.m. and checked on them around 2 a.m. according to police. The grandmother said when she went to turn off the air conditioner around 4 a.m. she discovered the boy was not breathing.
Reaves told police she brought the boy to the living room, where his father was sleeping on the couch, and called 911. The operator then walked her through the steps to perform CPR when medics and police arrived on the scene and transported the boy to the hospital.
Reaves stayed behind to watch her other two grandchildren.
Later that day, around 2 p.m., the 5-month-old grandchild was taken to a local hospital with symptoms of being less than responsive according to police records. Hospital staff called district police. The infant was given a toxicology report revealing she had been poisoned by methadone.
Hospital personnel told investigators Reaves turned over a bottle of methadone to staff. She was then transported from the hospital to homicide for questioning where police said she confessed to rubbing methadone on the gum line of both children.
On July 31 the medical examiner's office released the cause of death for the 1-year-old boy and investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Reaves.
She was arrested at a house in the 600 block of Reservoir St. on Aug. 1