Bond set for Middleburg mother charged with manslaughter in son's death
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A Clay County mother is in jail on aggravated manslaughter charges in the death of her 23-month-old son. On Saturday, a judge set her bond at $250,003.
Kathern Christina Powell also faces a charge of culpable negligence.
Deputies responded to a call from the victim's grandmother at a home on Song Sparrow Drive last December.
The grandmother told investigators that the toddler's mother found him unconscious and lying face-down in his crib.
Emergency doctors at the hospital found opiates in his blood and urine. A week later the boy died.
The Medical Examiner ruled the boy's death as a homicide. The cause was acute bronchopneumonia following drug toxicity.
Doctors identified the narcotic as hydromorphone hydrochloride, a prescribed Schedule II opioid narcotic used in the treatment for pain.
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