DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) – A man from the suburbs of Chicago was accused of unintentional murder and threatening a child, almost a year after his 1-month-old son died from fentanyl poisoning.
Michael Piazza, 40, of Des Plaines, was charged this week with felony criminal mischief and ordered $ 300,000 bail. As of Friday, he was being held in the Cook County Jail.
The accusations are related to the call of a child who did not respond, to which the deputy sheriff responded on May 24, 2021. When they arrived, Piazza told them that he and Jaden Piazza were asleep when he woke up and noticed that the baby was not breathing. He said he started CPR on his son. The baby was taken to the district hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to detectives, toxicological studies have shown that the baby died from fentanyl poisoning, and his death was recently recognized as murder. Authorities said the baby swallowed drugs, allegedly at a time when Piazza was caring for him. Piazza allegedly confessed to investigators that he had bought drugs and that he had taken them when he was with his son.
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Piazza does not have a phone number on the list, and it was impossible to determine at once whether he had hired a lawyer.
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