The death of a 3-year-old boy in Renton in May was due to an overdose of methadone, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Kaiden Acord was found unresponsive on May 1 in a Renton home belonging to his mother’s boyfriend, Renton police spokeswoman Terri Vickers said.
The owner of the methadone willingly came forward to police, Vickers said. Police are still investigating the case and are expected to submit a report to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possible criminal charges.
“We have no reason to believe the death was intentional,” Vickers said. “It is such a tragic case.”
Methadone is a pain reliever often used to reduce withdrawal symptoms for people addicted to narcotics, including heroin.
In December, a Lacey woman was charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of her 1-year-old grandson who died of a methadone overdose. The Olympian reported the charges allege 54-year-old Tami Roughton was a heroin dealer who had access to methadone.
Her grandson, Joe-Joe White, was pronounced dead in November 2012 by medics called to her Lacey home.