Middletown woman charged in infant’s death

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MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Middletown woman has been charged with manslaughter for the death of an infant back in June, Middletown police announced Thursday.

Tia Anderson, 26, the baby’s legal guardian, was arrested at her home Thursday morning, according to police.

Police said the 4-month-old boy was not breathing when they, along with fire and rescue, responded to the Oxbow Farms Housing Complex on June 10. He was taken to Newport Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Department of Health, the infant died of “acute intoxication” from a combination of an antihistamine, cough medicine, and heartburn medication.

The boy’s biological mother was in the courtroom as Anderson was arraigned Thursday afternoon. She didn’t want to be identified but told Eyewitness News that Anderson is a longtime friend.

Anderson pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge and bail was set at $75,000 with surety. Her lawyer, Amanda Valentino, said her client couldn’t afford that and the judge agreed to lower bail to $50,000.

Anderson is due back in court on December 18.

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