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Mom wanted in 20-month-old son's fentanyl overdose death turns herself in

Tiffany Stokes, 37 turned herself in to police on Dec. 13, according to police.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police say a woman wanted in connection to the overdose death of a child in Virginia back in June is now in custody after turning herself in to police.

Prince William County Police said 37-year-old Tiffany Stokes was arrested on Dec. 13. Stokes is accused of homicide in the death of her 20-month-old son. 

Officers first responded to a report of an unconscious child on June 23 around 3 a.m. at the Somerset Point Apartments in the 14700 block of Soapstone Drive. Officers and firefighters responded to the apartment after the mother of the child, identified as Stokes, reported the two were co-sleeping when she woke up to find him unconscious. 

The child was taken to an area hospital where he died, police said. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas conducted an autopsy. In June, no suspicious or unusual circumstances were determined to have occurred. 

In August, investigators received preliminary findings from the medical examiner's office indicating the child reportedly had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his blood which caused his death. During a subsequent interview with Stokes, she was found to be in possession of oxycodone, which she did not have a prescription for. 

Investigators believe the boy ingested fentanyl at some point between the evening hours of June 22 and the early morning hours of June 23. The investigation further revealed Stokes had access to and used unprescribed pills believed to be Percocet around the time of the victim’s death.

On Dec. 7, investigators obtained arrest warrants for Stokes. She was charged with felony homicide and felony child neglect, police said.

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