19-12 months-outdated charged with reckless murder just after Greenfield teen’s overdose loss of life
GREENFIELD, Ind. – Prosecutors in Hancock County have charged at 19-12 months-outdated in relationship with the overdose loss of life of a teen earlier this 12 months.
About midday on Jan. 3, 2018, Greenfield police and EMS units have been called to a property in the 900 block of Gondola Run for an unresponsive man or woman. There they found 16-12 months-outdated Jacob Root. Efforts to resuscitate him have been unsuccessful, and he was pronounced lifeless.
The Hancock County Coroner’s Business office ruled that Root died from a fentanyl overdose.
Investigators mentioned 19-12 months-outdated Anna Southgate provided Root with the drug. She lives at the residence in which he was found.
In accordance to charging documents, Southgate faces felony counts of reckless murder, illegal possession of a syringe and dealing in a narcotic drug. She also faces a misdemeanor rely of possession of paraphernalia in relationship with the case.
“We’re likely to look at them with legislation enforcement to address all those investigations like homicides. We’re likely to do almost everything we can to get all the proof we can, if the proof supports the filing of a reckless murder cost which is what we’re likely to do. If it supports a cost of murder or one thing diverse which is what we’re likely to do,” Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton mentioned.
Eaton would not go into the particulars of the Southgate case, but states charging decisions like all those are part of a increasing method by prosecutors to hammer down on the opioid epidemic
“We’re likely to look at almost everything we can not only look at folks who are distributing narcotics, but in all those condition in which there is an overdose an an individual passes, we’re likely to look at all the equipment in the toolbox and all of the methods that we have to see that all those folks are held accountable,” he mentioned.
Earlier this 12 months state senator Jim Merritt(R) Indianapolis, launched comparable legislation that would boost the severity of fees and sentencing to an individual who dealt medications laced with fentanyl, or carfentanil and resulted in a loss of life. Merritt states for him, it’s about sending a information.
“its sending a information to Mr. and Mrs. Drug supplier that indicating that you are not needed and if you do deal in this state and it is heroin laced with fentanyl, you are likely away for a very long time,” Merritt mentioned.
Southgate originally advised investigators that Root introduced the drug with him to her property but later admitted she’d supplied it to him, according to courtroom documents. She mentioned they’d injected it all around 4 a.m., main to him “speaking gibberish” and “not earning any sense.”
Even however she felt he was “too higher,” she did not phone 911, according to courtroom documents. She advised investigators that she saved examining on him to make sure he was Okay. She attempted to make sure he was nevertheless awake because she was scared he was close to overdosing.
Investigators gained a look for warrant for Southgate’s cell phone, which confirmed Google lookups similar to drug overdoses, such as “What to do when an individual is ODing,” “What to do if your buddy has overdosed,” and “How to intervene all through an overdose,” among other look for phrases, courtroom documents mentioned.