Arraignment reset for pair in baby's drug death

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The arraignment for a Taylor couple charged in the drug overdose death of their infant great-grandson has been rescheduled for Thursday, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

The couple, Rebecca May, 52, and her 65-year-old husband, Quentin Roosevelt May, were expected to turn themselves in for arraignment Wednesday morning in 23rd District Court in Taylor but did not appear in the courtroom of Judge Geno D. Salomone.

The couple are supposed to turn themselves in and be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, said Taylor Police Lt. Marc Gaynier.


The couple were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in connection with the overdose death last fall of their great-grandson, 10-month-old Du'Wan Lanhan, in October.

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

When police officers and firefighters arrived, they discovered the infant 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 as a result of 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.

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James David Dickson contributed.

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