Three Narcotics Found in Grayson County Toddler's System

"While the state medical examiner has checked the box on the death certificate as an accident, that does not mean there is no criminal liability in this case," said Attorney Bradley Sowell, Greg S. Logsdon Attorney and Associates.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- Police say, Keaton Runsvold, who was 23 months old, was pronounced dead on January 16, 2014. Prior to this confirmation, he was under the supervision of his maternal grandmother, Lana Kopp Lucas Brown.

The death certificate confirms Runsvold died of cardiorespiratory arrest. Three narcotics were found in the child's system. The report shows Oxycodone (commonly used for pain), alprazolam and clonazepam (both commonly used for anxiety).

Kentucky State Police say the results of the toxicology report allow the investigation to move forward.

"Of course, for several months everybody has been waiting on the results of the toxicology reports. It stated that the infant died from an overdose of prescription pain medicine. That would be consistent to the pain medication that was prescribed to the guardian of the baby at that time," said Trooper Jeff Gregory, Kentucky State Police.

Runsvold's father contacted Attorney Bradley Sowell to investigate his son's death.

"While the state medical examiner has checked the box on the death certificate as an accident, that does not mean there is no criminal liability in this case," said Attorney Bradley Sowell, Greg S. Logsdon Attorney and Associates.

The two year old's paternal grandmother, Tammy Barlow, says her grandson's death could have been prevented. Barlow says the child's mother, Chasity Lucas, dropped her kids off with with her mother Lana Brown, days before her son's death.

"She knew not to drop those kids off with her mother. She promised us the day she got pregnant with Peighton that she wouldn't leave her kids with her mom. The day he (Keaton) died, we tried for four hours to get a hold of that girl. She wouldn't respond. He was dead before she showed up,” said Tammy Barlow, Keaton Runsvold's paternal grandmother.

WBKO attempted to contact Chasity Lucas and Lana Brown, neither phone call was returned. Trooper Jeff Gregory says Kentucky State Police is waiting on test results needed for the investigation. Once these results are confirmed, he believes the case will go to the Commonwealth's Attorney. He says the Commonwealth's Attorney will then present it before the grand jury.


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