A Baltimore grandmother who admitted to placing methadone on her grand kids gum line is back in the Department Of Corrections custody after being mistakenly released last Saturday.
Towanda had been held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center since August 2 2013 but on Friday a prosecutor dismissed the charges and she was released despite her lawyer's objections.
According to published accounts, on July 4 2013, 50 year old Towanda Reaves was babysitting her grandchildren, 17 month old Aadyn Overton and his 16 month old half sister at a home in the 1900 block of North Forrest Park Avenue when she rubbed the drug on her grand kids gum line to help them fall asleep. Towanda told police that around 8 pm she put the children to bed and around 4 am she went to turn off the air conditioner and discovered that her grandson wasn't breathing.
A medical examiner later determined that the child died of methadone intoxication and ruled his death a homicide.
Ten hours after her brother died, Aadyn's half sister was also taken to Sinai Hospital after being in pain and disoriented. A toxicology test on the toddler later revealed that she also had methadone in her system.
When Towanda was questioned by authorities, at first she said the children got into the methadone on their own but she eventually confessed to putting methadone on her grand kids gum line to help them fall asleep and gave the hospital staff an empty bottle of methadone.
Towanda was arrested August 2, 2013 and charged with second degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, assault, child abuse with serious injury, and reckless endangerment.
Towanda's son, the children's father, was asleep on the couch while his grandmother babysat and confirmned that the methadone was his mother's.