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Grandmother gets 10 years for infant grandson’s heroin death

September 11, 2020 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A grandmother was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison after pleading pleading guilty to manslaughter and child abuse for allowing her 9-month-old grandson to ingest a fatal dose of heroin.

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced Friday that 44-year-old Laurie Taylor of Curtis Bay received the sentence as part of a plea bargain.

Taylor’s grandson, Niyear Taylor, was found unresponsive in July 2019. Prosecutors say Taylor and her 17-year-old daughter, Niyear’s mother, had gone into Baltimore to buy four capsules of heroin. They later noticed that a capsule was missing and wondered if Niyear had swallowed it because he was wheezing. But they opted against getting him help and instead went to sleep.

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The Capital reports that charges against the 17-year-old mother were waived in August.

“The death of this innocent baby due to the reckless behavior of his family members is beyond unconscionable,” Leitess said in a statement.