FALL RIVER (CBS) – A father and his girlfriend are facing charges after a 14-year-old intellectually disabled boy died in Fall River.
Police were called to a home on Green Street Wednesday morning and found a woman performing CPR on 14-year-old David Almond. He was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital where he died. Authorities later said fentanyl was found in his system.READ MORE: 'Hi Ma': President Joe Biden Calls Marty Walsh's Mom For Mother's Day
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, investigators found evidence of drug abuse by Almond’s father and the woman, who was later identified as his girlfriend.
John Almond, 33, and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Jaclyn Coleman were both taken into custody. They’re charged with caretaker neglect of a disabled person and drug possession.
There have been no charges in the boy’s death yet. An autopsy will be conducted on David Almond to determine the exact cause of his death.READ MORE: Increased Capacity Coming To The TD Garden, But Some Fans Don't Miss The Crowds
The district attorney said the neglect charge applies to the 14-year-old’s twin brother, who is also intellectually disabled, and also had fentanyl in his system. He and a two-year-old child are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
“Law enforcement is investigating, and DCF will coordinate with their investigation,” the department said. “The death of any child is a tragedy. DCF has taken emergency custody of the other children in the home.”
Almond and Coleman were arraigned Thursday in Fall River District Court.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Coleman is also being charged with assault and battery on a police officer and obstruction of justice. The D.A. said she tried destroy a cell phone in front of police and then assaulted an officer who tried to stop her.