Great-grandparents charged in overdose death of infant

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A Taylor couple were charged Tuesday in connection with the overdose death of their great-grandson last fall.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Rebecca Ann May, 52, and Quentin Roosevelt May, 65, in a case dealing with the overdose death of 10-month-old Du"wan Lanhan last October.

Taylor's police and fire departments were called  around 3:24 p.m. Oct. 5 to a home in the 5800 block of Wilkie Street in Taylor for assistance with a baby not breathing, according to the prosecutor's office.

When police officers and firefighters arrived, they discovered the child on the floor. CPR was administered and the infant was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was determined that the child died from a fatal ingestion of drugs that were prescribed to the great-grandparents. The child's death was caused by Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxer, and methadone toxicity, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, which has ruled the death a homicide.

Methadone is an opioid that is used to treat pain and addiction to heroin or narcotic painkillers.

The Mays allegedly "failed to store and/or maintain their medications in a safe manner," according to the prosecutor's office, and that the couple also failed to "provide a safe environment" for their great-grandson.

The couple were charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of second degree child abuse. The Mays are expected to be arraigned at 9 a.m Wednesday in 23rd District Court in Taylor.

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