Dad Charged With Putting Heroin in Baby's Bottle

Philly man faces murder charges

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 4, 2012 4:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Prosecutors believe a Philadelphia man put heroin and methadone in his infant son's bottle to quiet him but instead killed him, two days before his first birthday. Orlando Rosado will face a third-degree murder trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing today. Rosado, 45, told police he accidentally put drugs in the bottle during a 3am feeding in May. But Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly plans to argue the drug mixture—though not baby Christopher's death—was intentional.

"He admits putting it in the bottle. His version is, It must have been accidental because he was high," Donnelly said. "My theory is the baby was fussy, and he was trying to put him to sleep." The baby's mother has described Christopher as fussy, and he was at the bottom of the standard weight range for his age, the prosecutor said. The couple also has a 5-year-old child who is now in protective custody.

The accused says it was an accident, but prosecutors say a father purposely drugged his infant son.   (Shutterstock)
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