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The 43-year-old grandmother Laurie Ann Taylor, and the 17-year-old mother Alexus Lorraine Taylor, were charged after the medical examiner determined a 9-month-old boy's cause of death was fentanyl intoxication, authorities announced Thursday. Forensic pathologists also ruled the manner of death was homicide.
The 43-year-old grandmother Laurie Ann Taylor, and the 17-year-old mother Alexus Lorraine Taylor, were charged after the medical examiner determined a 9-month-old boy's cause of death was fentanyl intoxication, authorities announced Thursday. Forensic pathologists also ruled the manner of death was homicide. (Handout)

An Anne Arundel woman and her teenage daughter charged with manslaughter this week in the death of the teen’s 9-month-old boy were ordered held without bail Friday.

Laurie Ann Taylor, 43, and her 17-year-old daughter, Alexus Lorraine Taylor, were charged in the death after the state medical examiner determined his cause of death as fentanyl intoxication, police said Thursday. Forensic pathologists also ruled the manner of death was a homicide.

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Both were ordered held without bail by District Court Judge Megan B. Johnson at a bail review hearing Friday in Annapolis.

Prosecutor Anastasia Prigge told the court that Alexus Lorraine Taylor is pregnant and that as a minor there is no one to supervise her day-to-day.

Prosecutors and the attorney representing the defendants for the bail hearing both said that considering her pregnancy and continued heroin addiction that Alexus Taylor be moved to a juvenile facility where she and the unborn child could get better care, pending adult charges, Johnson agreed.

Her mother will be held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

According to charging documents and Prigge’s presentation during the hearing, baby Niyear Taylor was with his mother, grandmother and aunt when they drove from Curtis Bay to Baltimore in late July to buy heroin.

They bought four heroin capsules and headed home, court records allege.

But when they returned to their residence in 7900 block of Chesapeake Drive in the Orchard Beach neighborhood, police said, one clear capsule was missing.

After a frantic search for the missing capsule, Laurie and Alexus Taylor left the residence to return to Baltimore to buy more heroin, police and prosecutors said.

When they returned around 1 a.m. they were told that the baby had been wheezing. Police said they discussed taking the boy to the hospital but decided to wait and see.

When they woke, the baby was not responsive and they called 911. It was too late.

Niyear died July 27 and became Anne Arundel County’s youngest ever overdose victim, according to Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a police spokeswoman.

When police executed a search and seizure warrant in August at the family’s home they reported finding over 100 capsules containing heroin and fentanyl residue in several rooms of the house, even strewn on the floor.

There were also capsules found in the baby’s diaper bag, police said.

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