Sheriff: Portland Infant Died Of Starvation After Mom’s OD
PORTLAND TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – According to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Monday, a 15-month-old found inside a Portland home back in February died from starvation and hypertonic dehydration. This will be an update to a report we brought you back in February when a probation officer made a grim discovery during a “home visit” in Portland.
According to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, on February 9th, 2021 two people were found dead inside the home, 32-year-old Tiffany Spears (mother), and her 15-month-old infant son Nicholas Crowder. A 3-year-old was also found at the home and was treated at a local hospital.
The Portland home is located in the 700 block of Butler Rd not far from the Hwy 76/109 intersection just outside Portland city limits. MAP
The preliminary results from the medical examiner’s office did not reveal any apparent cause of death for either victim triggering the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office to request autopsies while the investigation continued.
The investigation revealed that no one had spoken with Ms. Spears since approximately February 5, 2021, five days earlier. There were no clues to indicate foul play and detectives were in communication with the State Medical Examiner’s office investigators in an effort to determine the cause of death.
The results of the autopsies revealed that the cause of death for Nicholas Crowder was starvation and hypertonic dehydration. Ms. Spears’ cause of death was ruled as a drug overdose due to a combination of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Both deaths were ruled accidental. If anyone has any information regarding this investigation please call Det. Lance Hampton at 615-442-1849.
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