A Pennsylvania father will remain in jail while he faces charges of 3rd degree murder for allegedly fatally mixing drugs in his infant son’s bottle.
Prosecutors say 45-year-old Orlando Rosado was attempting to quiet his crying son when he mixed heroin and cocaine into his son’s bottle on May 11, 2012.
Just two days before his first birthday, baby Christopher died as a result of a drug-filled 3 a.m. feeding administered by his father.
Rosado reportedly told police he accidentally put the drugs in the bottle while he was high. He told police he bought 60 milligrams of heroin and put half into the baby’s bottle.
Four hours after the feeding, Rosado and the baby’s mother, Crystal Miller, found the child face down in vomit in his crib and was cold and limp. After Miller unsuccessfully attempted to revive her son, he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A significant amount of heroin was found in both Christopher’s blood and the remaining contents of his bottle.
On Tuesday, Rosado waived his right to a preliminary hearing and now faces a number of charges, including involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, and drug delivery causing death.
The couple also have a 5-year-old child who has been placed in protective custody.