Mother Gives Her Sick Baby Heroin As Medicine And He Eventually Dies

A two-year-old boy who had the flu died of a huge heroin overdose after his mother gave him "medicine".
Both of Devin Blount's parents have been charged with his death, in Florida, which was caused by "acute heroin toxicity".

Rosemary Freeney, Devin's mother, called 911 after her son would not wake up on April 17.

The mother, who lives in Fairfield Village Apartments on West Fairfield Drive, in Pensacola, said Devin had been sleepy the night before and had a cough so she gave him Tylenol Cold and Flu and Symbucol Black Elderberry, local news station WKRG reported.
Rosemary Freeney has been charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Trerideon Blount, Devin's father

While investigating, a crime scene technician found a plastic bag with a hard, rock-like substance and scale.

The substance tested positive for heroin.

Freeney and the child’s father, Trerideon Blount, denied having knowledge of the 42 grams of heroin in the house.
Freeney said she had recently taken the baby and his brother to the hospital and they both tested positive for the flu. Devin was also found to have an ear infection.

Freeney she gave him prescribed medication and he appeared to feel better.

She then continued giving Devin the Tylenol for his cough and runny nose.
Freeney told Department of Children and Families that a man named “Chuck” stayed the night and claimed the heroin could belong to him, but investigators with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office were not able to confirm that.

Freeney was the only parent initially charged with the toddler's death, while Blount was arrested on May 27 and charged with drug possession.

On June 25, police also charged Trerideon Blount with the aggravated manslaughter crime.
Freeney is in the Escambia County Jail on a $130,000 bond.

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