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Woman arrested after killing her grandson with methadone overdose

By Mason White 5:00 AM August 7, 2013

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with murder related charges after she gave her two grandchildren a powerful drug in order to get them to sleep, according to police reports in Maryland.

Baltimore Police said that a woman is accused of murder after she gave a powerful drug, methadone, to her two grandchildren.
The two children were very small. Police said the grandmother gave them methadone because she wanted to go to sleep.

Towanda Reaves, 50, is charged with murder and child abuse.
The child, 19-months-old, was identified as Aadyn Overton. He died of an overdose.

“I did not know what had happened at the beginning when I heard the baby had died. I said, ‘Oh, my God, he was just here playing,'” a neighbor said.

The incident happened on July 4, while the children were visiting Reaves in her apartment on North Forest Park Avenue.
Neighbors said they thought the children were exposed to the drug by accident. But police said Reaves admitted giving it to them because she wanted them to go to sleep.

“She confirmed that she used methadone on the children and put it on their gums,” Detective Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore City Police said.

Methadone is given to addicts to help them detox from drugs like heroin. Sometimes it may be prescribed as a painkiller.
Those who knew Reaves are shocked by what happened. By all accounts, they say she was a loving grandmother.

“She really took care of them. From what I saw, she was not a bad person,” one woman said.
The 17-month-old girl was taken to a hospital,and was later released.
Neighbors are now wondering how Reaves could do something so dangerous.

“As a grandmother I simply I cannot imagine. I cannot imagine,” one woman said.
Reaves faces several charges, including second-degree murder and child abuse.
Neighbors said that the children were visiting and did not live at the home.