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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The mother and father of a 1-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who authorities mentioned died after he was deliberately “dosed with methadone” have pleaded responsible to third-degree homicide.
Tracy Humphreys and Thomas Snelsire, each 47-year-old Baldwin residents, face standard-range jail phrases of 16 to twenty years resulting from their legal data when they’re sentenced in Allegheny County court docket on Jan. 11, the Tribune-Evaluation reported.
Assistant District Lawyer Lisa Carey instructed a decide final week that Tommy Snelsire’s loss of life wasn’t brought on by unintentional contact with the methadone, fentanyl and cocaine present in his system. Carey mentioned investigators discovered a syringe used to manage drugs to kids and a capsule bottle used to combine liquid Tylenol and methadone collectively.
Thomas Snelsire had been beneath federal investigation on the time and was sentenced to 10 years after pleading responsible to drug trafficking in October. Protection lawyer Patrick Thomassey requested the decide to run the homicide sentence on the identical time.
“It doesn’t matter what you do to Mr. Snelsire,” Thomassey mentioned. “He’s going to be in jail for the rest of his life. He’s going to have to live with what he did to his toddler.”
Snelsire, who cried all through the continuing, mentioned, “I’m so sorry. I’m just so sorry to everyone.”
Humphreys’ protection lawyer, James Sheets, known as the kid’s quick life “tortuous” and mentioned he was “as appalled as everyone else in the room.” However he mentioned his consumer was “accepting, to the extent she can, her role in the death of that little boy.”
Humphreys sobbed as she spoke on to kinfolk, saying “I cannot ever give your grandson back. I’m so sorry.” She insisted, nonetheless that the defendants cherished the kid, even after a relative shouted again, “No, you didn’t.”
“We loved Tommy,” Humphreys continued. “I don’t know why God lets some people live and lets some people die. I’m alive, and I don’t know why I am and he’s not. I never meant for life to be this way.”
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