Dad gives baby lethal dose of sleeping pills: Massachusetts cops


A father is accused of giving his infant son a lethal dose of adult sleeping pills while the mother was at work in Massachusetts in 2019, prosecutors have said.

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A father is accused of giving his baby boy a lethal dose of adult sleeping pills while the mother was at work, Massachusetts prosecutors have said.

Authorities tracked down the former resident of Amherst, Maryland after a grand jury indicted him on July 7 in the 2019 death of his infant son, according to a July 11 press release from the office of the Northwestern District Attorney. A national arrest warrant has been issued for the man.

Now Isaac Villalobos, 35, faces charges of manslaughter and assault on a child causing grievous bodily harm following a three-year investigation, the office said. He is also known by another name, Angel Carattini-Rivera.

On September 15, 2019, the 4-month-old from Villalobos died at 1:30 a.m. after being given the lethal dose of sleeping pills using a baby syringe, prosecutors said. When the drug was administered, the baby’s mother was confirmed to be in labour.

At the time, Villalobos was living in a home in Amherst with the baby’s mother and her children, according to the statement.

The baby died of “acute doxylamine poisoning,” the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found, according to prosecutors.

Villalobos is awaiting extradition from Maryland and is due to appear in Hampshire Superior Court for arraignment, the statement said.

Amherst is about 95 miles west of Boston.

Julia Marnin is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter covering the Southeast and Northeast while based in New York. She is a College of New Jersey alumnus and joined McClatchy in 2021. Previously, she has written for Newsweek, Modern Luxury, Gannett and more.

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