Warren mom indicted for involuntary manslaughter for overdose death of infant son
The Trumbull County Grand Jury has indicted a Warren woman in connection with the death of her infant son who authorities say ingested his mother's prescription methadone last September.
Aris Rice, 32, was indicted Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. The grand jury declined to indict Rice on the reckless homicide charge she originally faced.
According to a police report from Warren PD, officers were dispatched to a home on South Feederle Drive shortly before 5:00 a.m. on September 24 to investigate a report that a child was unconscious and not breathing.
Police found the eight-month-old boy lying on a table not breathing. Officers spoke to the boy's mother, later identified as Rice who told police her son had been vomiting since around 7:00 p.m. the previous evening.
Rice told officers the boy was crying continuously and she couldn't get him to calm down. Police say around 1:00 a.m. Rice took her son's temperature and it was around 99 degrees.
Rice went on to tell officers around 4:00 a.m., she noticed her son was not breathing or moving. The child was then transported to Trumbull Regional Medical Center for a toxicology test and was later flown to Akron Children's Hospital for further treatment.
The Police say methadone was found in the child's system and a bump was found on his forehead.
The Summit County Medical examiner found that the child died from a brain injury and cardiac arrest.