FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man and woman have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 2020 death of their 2-month-old son, which authorities said was caused by fentanyl intoxication.
Jeremy Whitney Frazier and Heather Marie Frazier, both 34, were arrested Friday, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. They were also charged with misdemeanor neglect of a minor.
Deputies and detectives responded to a CPR case in Mount Airy last July, authorities said. Emergency personnel took Grayson Frazier to the hospital, where the infant was later pronounced dead.
The Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office determined through an autopsy that he died from narcotic intoxication and ruled the death a homicide. His parents were named suspects following “months of investigation, interviews with family members, and decisive detective work,” the news release said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is far more potent than morphine or heroin.
Jeremy Frazier was found in Pennsylvania, and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with state police there to detain him. He was held at the Adams County, Pennsylvania, jail and his bail was set at $1 million, according to online court records. An attorney who could comment on his behalf was not listed. He was being extradited back to Frederick County on Wednesday afternoon, according to sheriff’s office spokesperson Todd Wivell.
Heather Frazier was booked into the Frederick County Adult Detention Center and released Monday on a $20,000 bond, online court records show. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Oct. 25. The county public defender’s office will represent her, but a specific attorney was not listed.