Tennessee infant died of starvation after mother’s overdose

An infant strapped into a car seat died of starvation and dehydration in his Tennessee home while his mother lay dead from a lethal dose of meth and fentanyl, a new report said.

Young Nicholas Crowder died despite the efforts of his 3-year-old sister who apparently tried to feed her baby brother eggs and other food, The Tennessean said, citing a February autopsy report.

When police finally found mom Tiffany Spears, 32, and young Nicholas on Feb. 9, they were both already dead – and the 3-year-old was running around the locked house in Portland unsupervised, according to The Tennessean.

Local police were called to the house after a probation officer looked into a window of the house and saw Spears lying on the floor motionless.

An example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly.
An example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly.

Her autopsy showed she had been dead for days in the bathroom, while her young infant was in a car seat in the bedroom, the Tennessean said, citing the autopsies of Davidson County Assistant Medical Examiner Emily Dennison.

Both deaths were ruled accidental, the report said.


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