RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida mother is charged with child neglect causing death after an autopsy found that her 21-month-old son died of a cocaine and Oxycontin overdose.
Darius Clark died April 21. His mother was charged Thursday after the autopsy showed the toddler had drugs in his system. A judge released her Friday on house arrest.
Riviera Beach Police Sergeant Patrick Galligan says the drugs were "strong enough to kill an adult."
Police say they don't know how Darius ingested the drugs because his parents aren't cooperating.
According to a police report, Darius' mother told investigators in April that she awoke in the middle of the night to find Darius with "white stuff" on his face. She wiped it off and went back to sleep. The next morning, Darius was stiff and couldn't be revived.