Local family left in dark after toddler dies of morphine overdose


by Lauren Trager / News 4 | @LaurenTrager


Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 7:47 AM

 (KMOV) – A local toddler died from an overdose of morphine and his biological father was arrested for unsupervised visits with the child. The extended family claims to be in the dark over the investigation.

In October, 22-month-old Carson Swyres was found unresponsive in his mother’s home in House Springs

He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

 “He will ask every now and then, I want to see my baby Carson,” said Travis DeNoyer.

DeNoyer has no idea what to tell his five-year-old son about what happened to his half-brother.

 “I want to know what happened to my little boy’s brother because that’s something he’s going to have to grow with and he’ll never see him again,” DeNoyer said.  The boy’s extended family members are demanding answers.

News 4’s Lauren Trager went to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to learn more.

“Currently right now, it’s still under investigation,” said Capt. Ronald Arnhart. He said the case is still very active.

It is still unclear how Swyers got the morphine.

Carson’s biological father, registered child sex offender Neil Swyres, has since been arrested for having unsupervised visits with the boy. But investigators can’t release who they suspect in Carson’s death.

DeNoyer said they had been very concerned for Carson’s safety and had reported his parents to the state. Now, he simply wants justice for his son’s half-brother.

Further details into the medical examiner’s report were not immediately released. Stay with News 4 and KMOV.com for the latest on this developing story.