Baltimore, MD – A grandmother’s attempt to get her grandson to go to sleep by applying methadone to his gums worked a bit too well and now she’s in jail facing murder charges.
On July 4, Towanda Reaves was watching her two grandchildren and put them to bed at around 8pm. She called 911 at 4am the following morning when she found one of the children unresponsive. Despite attempts to revive 17-month-old Aadyn Overton, he was pronounced dead at the hospital an hour later.
Police initially thought the death was accidental until they received a call from the hospital. Turns out the dead infant’s younger sister was admitted to the hospital later that same day and tested positive for methadone. When questioned, Reaves admitted she’d rubbed methadone on both of the infants’ gums to help them go to sleep.
Reaves was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, first- and second-degree assault, first-degree child abuse and reckless endangerment.
Those who knew Reaves say they are shocked at the allegations, saying that the woman seemed like a doting grandmother.
“She really took care of them. As far as I can see, she wasn’t a bad person,” a woman said.
It’s amazing to me that in 2013, people are still not aware of the easiest way to get an infant to go to sleep. Just thump the soft spot on the top of their head. It’s like a light switch. Just be warned, too much use could lead to your kid tasting colors, but at least they (and more importantly, you) get many nights of uninterrupted rest.Child Abuse, Crime, Maryland, methadone, Murder, overdose, Towanda Reaves