Mother charged after toddler dies of morphine overdose

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 6:37 PM

A St. Louis County woman is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the morphine overdose death of her 19-month-old son.

Prenise Payne, 22, was charged Saturday with first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

According to police, Payne’s son, Jace Echoles, was found unresponsive on Dec. 2 at her home in the 12070 block of Rosemist Dr.

The child was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy later revealed Echoles had been given a fatal dose of morphine.

Payce was arrested Friday

She remains jailed on a $150,000 cash-only bond.

 

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