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Mother, boyfriend charged in infant overdose death

Posted on September 13, 2021

Updated on September 20, 2021

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NASHVILLE — A mother and her boyfriend face manslaughter charges after authorities say the woman’s infant child died from swallowing oxycodone pills.

Nashville police officers responded to 220 Richardson Court around 9:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and helped Nashville firefighters and Nash County EMS medics render CPR to a 1-year-old infant and a 4-year-old child, Police Chief Anthony Puckett said Sept. 13.

Both children were taken to Nash UNC Health Care for further treatment, and both were later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, Puckett said. Police notified the Nash County Department of Social Services and social workers assisted in the investigation.

“The investigation revealed that oxycodone was on the bed within reach of both children and the children accidentally ingested the drug,” Puckett said. “The mother’s boyfriend was interviewed and subsequently charged with the following criminal charges on the date of the incident.”

Kameron Daekwon Harris-Brooks of Great Laurel Road in Charlotte was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse. He received a $225,000 secured bond.

The infant died two days later.

“We are sending prayers for the older child who is currently in stable condition and the families of all involved,” Puckett said last week.

After the infant’s death, investigators consulted with the district attorney’s office and charges for Harris-Brooks were upgraded to involuntary manslaughter, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and child endangerment.

Harris-Brooks was initially charged with two counts of child endangerment. The count for the infant has been upgraded to involuntary manslaughter, and Harris-Brooks’ bond increased to $260,000.

After consulting with prosecutors, police also charged the children’s mother, Jorese Howard.

Howard, of Richardson Court, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance. She received a $50,000 secured bond.

Harris-Brooks currently has pending criminal charges of larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was out of jail on $100,000 secured bond.

Harris-Brooks has previous convictions for breaking and entering, larceny, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and a probation violation.

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