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Toddler Starved To Death After Mother Died Of An Overdose, 3YO Sister ‘Tried To Take Care’ Of Him

Toddler Starved To Death After Mother Died Of An Overdose, 3YO Sister ‘Tried To Take Care’ Of Him

The mother died of acute combined drug toxicity while the toddler, who was found strapped inside his car seat, died due to starvation and dehydration.

In a tragic turn of events, a 1-year-old baby boy starved to death after his mother accidentally died from a drug overdose. The toddler, Nicholas Crowder, and his mother, Tiffany Spears, 32, were found lifeless on Feb 9 in their home in Portland, about 35 miles northeast of Nashville, The Tennessean reported. 



 

According to WSMV, the Police said that there were no hints to indicate any foul play. Davidson County Assistant Medical Examiner, Emily Dennison, ruled both deaths as being accidental in nature. The autopsy showed that the mother died of acute combined drug toxicity from methamphetamine and fentanyl, while the toddler, who was found strapped inside his car seat, died due to starvation and dehydration. IBT reported that Spears' surviving 3-year-old was also discovered and treated at a local hospital as a precautionary measure. Sumner County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the residence after a probation officer "making a home visit observed an obvious medical emergency." The officer had apparently visited the home and found the front door locked, which prompted her to look in a window. She dialled 911 after seeing the 3-year-old child running around inside, while Spears was lying on the ground motionless.



 

Spears was found on the bathroom floor motionless with no obvious signs of trauma. According to the medical examiner, Spears had been dead for several days. The autopsy further stated, “It appeared the decedent’s sister tried to take care of the decedent for several days." Food including eggshells and dried eggs were found in and around the car seat. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the residence, reported IBT. 



 

References: 

https://www.ibtimes.com/1-year-old-dies-starvation-dehydration-after-mom-overdoses-meth-3225797

https://www.wsmv.com/news/sumner_county/deaths-of-mom-son-found-inside-portland-home-ruled-accidental/article_38d2ad34-cd4e-11eb-94ec-db80d000f40a.html

https://en.newsner.com/news/baby-boy-starves-to-death-after-mom-dies-of-an-overdose-older-sister-3-tried-to-take-care-of-him/

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