Anne Arundel County grandmother gets 10 years for infant grandson's heroin death

An Anne Arundel County grandmother has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading pleading guilty to manslaughter and child abuse for allowing her 9-month-old grandson to ingest a fatal dose of heroin.

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Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced Friday that 44-year-old Laurie Taylor of Curtis Bay received the sentence as part of a plea bargain.

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Taylor’s grandson, Niyear Taylor, was found unresponsive in July 2019. Prosecutors say Taylor and her 17-year-old daughter, Niyear’s mother, had gone into Baltimore to buy four capsules of heroin.

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They later noticed a capsule was missing and wondered if Niyear had swallowed it because he was wheezing. But they opted against getting him help and instead went to sleep.