father parents plead guilty to baby’s drug overdose death

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The parents of a 1-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who authorities said died after he was intentionally “dosed with methadone” have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder.

The Tribune-Review reports that Tracy Humphreys and Thomas Snelsire, both 47-year-old Baldwin residents, face prison terms of 16 to 20 years when they are sentenced in Allegheny County court on Jan. 11.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa Carey told a judge last week that Tommy Snelsire’s death in 2020 wasn’t accidental. Methadone, fentanyl and cocaine were found in his system. Carey said investigators found a syringe and a pill bottle used to mix liquid Tylenol and methadone together.

Both defendants wept as they apologized in court.

Thomas Snelsire had been under federal investigation at the time and was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to drug trafficking in October. Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey asked the judge to run the murder sentence at the same time.

Humphreys’ defense attorney, James Sheets, called the child’s short life “tortuous” and said he was “as appalled as everyone else in the room.” But he said his client was “accepting, to the extent she can, her role in the death of that little boy.”

Humphreys sobbed as she spoke directly to relatives, saying “I cannot ever give your grandson back. I’m so sorry.” She insisted, however, that she and the baby’s father loved the child, even after a relative shouted back, “No, you didn’t.”

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Source: https://www.pennlive.com/crime/2022/09/pa-parents-plead-guilty-to-babys-drug-overdose-death.html

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