ATLANTA, GA – The parents of an infant boy who died last September with cocaine in his system have now been arrested and are facing one murder charge each, according to Atlanta police.
Robert Williams, 41, and Makaylee Nevils, 24, were arrested by the fugitive unit July 13 and denied bond. According to court documents, they have been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree child cruelty.
Atlanta parents arrested in death of infant found with cocaine in system https://t.co/aReDK2VU4I
— 13WMAZ News (@13wmaznews) July 15, 2022
Atlanta police officers said they went to a home in Northwest Atlanta on Sept. 20, 2021, for a call about an infant who was unresponsive. When they arrived, they found a two-month-old boy who “was not alert, conscious or breathing,” according to the department.
A toxicology report showed the baby, named as Robert Kingston Williams, had both cocaine and benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in his system when he died.
According to the warrant, investigators said they were told the baby had been given a bottle before being put down for a nap. The parents fell asleep about 9 a.m. and woke up two hours later to find the baby lying face down and not breathing.
When they turned him over, they saw fluid coming from his nose and mouth and saw that he was not breathing, according to police. Grady emergency medical technicians were trying to resuscitate the child when officers responded, the police said.
According to the Atlanta Police Department:
“Preliminary On 09/20/2021, officers responded to 3491 Fairburn Pl. regarding an unresponsive infant. Upon arrival, officers located a male infant that was not alert, conscious or breathing. EMS services transported the child to Hugh Spalding Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
“Homicide investigators responded to the scene and coordinated with FCME to conduct a preliminary investigation. Further investigation revealed the deceased child had cocaine in his system upon death.”
At that time there were no signs of foul play visible on the child, according to the warrants.
Nevils is described in court records as “having an illegal drug addiction” and testing positive for heroin and cocaine when she gave birth to the child.
She is described as telling investigators she does not breastfeed and that the child was always given a bottle.
Because the boy and his mother had illegal drugs in their systems at the time of his birth, the Division of Family and Children Services opened an investigation, according to the warrants.
As part of that investigation, routine drug testing was to be required in order for the state to release the infant to the parents. However, neither showed up to the first test after taking the baby home. The warrant reads:
“The first drug screening was scheduled for August of 2021. They did not show.”
The child died the next month.
Homicide investigators said they worked with the Fulton County Medical Examiner in their investigation, which recently revealed that the baby had cocaine in his system when he died.
Memphis parents arrested after police say they gave their son, 4, a lethal does of fentanyl
August 28, 2020
MEMPHIS, TN – It’s a horribly disturbing case of child abuse… now the parents are under arrest.
A four-year-old boy died of a fentanyl overdose in a motel room in 2019. His mother and father were recently arrested for giving him the lethal drug.
Jon Allen and Kristen Raley were arrested earlier this week. They were charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child abuse under the age of eight.
Two Memphis parents have been arrested on murder charges after they allegedly gave their 4-year-old son a lethal dose of fentanyl. https://t.co/xLfLFoISpz
— Ben Caxton (@DeltaDailyNews) August 28, 2020
US Marshal, Tyreece Miller announced the arrests. It is alleged that they gave the child fentanyl while in a motel room and caused his death.
Raley was arrested at a residence on the 1900 block of Hartland by investigators with the U.S. Marshal’s task force. The Shelby County Fugitive Apprehension Team assisted.
Yesterday, Allen was found at a residence on the 2500 block of Horizon Lake Drive and taken into custody.
“The U.S. Marshals Service is glad to assist with fugitives that have arrest warrants for crimes that bring suffering or death to the most vulnerable victim, a child,” said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller to Fox13.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, similar to morphine. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) warns that it is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. It’s only legal use is to treat severe pain or chronic pain in patients who have a high tolerance to other pain killers.
Information about why these parents gave their little boy fentanyl has not yet been released.
Fentanyl can be deadly even in the smallest of doses. The parents of a two-year old little girl are facing criminal charges after she accidentally got into their stash and died of an overdose. This was reported in the Denver Post in April of this year.
Fentanyl is highly toxic. It can be absorbed into the body in a number of ways.
Fentanyl can be used to contaminate food or water. It can be released into the air as fine particles or as an aerosol spray. And, if it’s released into the air it can contaminate agriculture. It can be inhaled, eaten or absorbed through the skin. This is all according to the CDC.
In 2018 the DEA issued a warning to Police and the Public indicating that carfentanil, commonly known as fentanyl is about 10,000 times more potent than morphine.
Part of the DEA warning reads:
“Exercise extreme caution. Only properly trained and outfitted law enforcement professionals should handle any substance suspected to contain fentanyl or a fentanyl-related compound. If encountered, contact the appropriate officials within your agency.”
“Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention. Carfentanil and other fentanyl-related substances can work very quickly, so in cases of suspected exposure, it is important to call EMS immediately. If inhaled, move the victim to fresh air. If ingested and the victim is conscious, wash out the victim’s eyes and mouth with cool water.”
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