Two Mount Airy parents have been charged in connection with the drug-related death of their 2-month-old son, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
Jeremy Whitney Frazier and Heather Marie Frazier, both 34, face a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of neglect of a minor after a medical examiner determined their son, Grayson, died from fentanyl, according to police.
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office stated the incident was reported on July 3, 2020 when deputies and detectives responded to the area of Walden Way in Mount Airy for a CPR case. Emergency Medical Services transported the infant to Frederick Health Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time afterward.
The Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy of the infant and determined his cause of death was intoxication from fentanyl and ruled the death as a homicide. Police investigated for months, according to the sheriff’s office statement, which included interviews with family, and later determined Jeremy and Heather Frazier were the prime suspects.
Todd Wivell, spokesperson for Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, said the investigation took time partially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview, he said people get confused about the length of the investigation process because how it is represented on TV shows. The autopsy does not always happen right away, he added.
Wivell added that people die every day and the medical examiner’s office conducts autopsies for many Marylanders.
“It takes a while to get all that stuff done,” he said. “And then do blood and urine, which has to be sent to a different lab.”
Police detained Heather Frazier on Friday and transported her to Frederick County Adult Detention Center. The same day, Jeremy Frazier was located and detained in Pennsylvania. He is awaiting extradition back to Frederick County.
Wivell said police spoke to the parents multiple times but he cannot speak to what was specifically said.
Court records state Heather Frazier’s bond was posted and bail amount was $20,000. Court records also show Frazier is represented by a public defender. Frederick County’s Office of the Public Defender stated Frazier has not yet been assigned an attorney.