The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 19, 2012

Granby mother arrested in death of toddler

Suspected in overdose of child with methadone

GRANBY, Mo. — Newton County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Granby woman about 2:30 p.m. today on suspicion of having caused the death of her 22-month-old son on June 25 with an overdose of methadone.

Elizabeth A. Farnam, 33, was taken into custody in connection with the death of Logan Crow. Sheriff Ken Copeland said a charge of second-degree murder is being sought on Farnam based on the results of an autopsy performed in Springfield.

Granby police and sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a child in respiratory distress at 101 Jeanette St. the morning of June 25. Copeland said the mother and the boy’s father, Heithcliff Crow, 32, told deputies they had put the boy down for a nap about 4 p.m. on June 24 and did not check on him until about 10 a.m. the next day.

Copeland said toxicology test results show the boy died of a methadone overdose. The sheriff declined comment on what evidence investigators have that the mother dosed the child with the drug.

Methadone is a prescription narcotic frequently used to treat addiction to other narcotics.


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