Parents of 11-month-old who died from overdose last year arrested, Madison police say

MADISON, Wis. — The parents of an 11-month-old child who died last summer from an overdose were arrested Friday on child neglect charges, the Madison Police Department said.

In an incident report, police said the 32-year-old woman and 25-year-old man each face a tentative felony charge of neglecting a child (exposure to a controlled substance/drug abuse leading to death) as a party to a crime.

The child died at an area hospital last July; their death was later determined to have been the result of an overdose due to the combined effects of fentanyl and morphine. The incident report said the child’s death was “precipitated by neglectful behavior on the part of the parents.”

Police said officers and detectives collected “numerous forms of evidence” at the family’s home in the 3500 block of Home Avenue on Madison’s east side.

News 3 Now is not naming the parents at this time as part of a policy not to name people accused of crimes until they have been formally charged in court. Click here to learn more about the policy. They are currently being held in the Dane County Jail.

Police are still investigating the case.