Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dad allegedly stoned when 8-month-old son died from suffocation (West Scranton, Pennsylvania)

Notice that dad REGINALD ROLLINS was allegedly stoned when he suffocated the baby in his bed. No mention of a mother whatsoever. What happened to Mom? Is this a single dad? A custodial father? What?

Police: Dad was stoned when baby died, moved corpse to skirt blame


Published: December 15, 2012

The father of an 8-month-old West Scranton boy found dead in August has been charged for smoking marijuana and sleeping in bed with the infant before his death, then moving the body afterward. 

Reginald Rollins, 25, was "highly intoxicated" on marijuana when he fell asleep in bed with his 8-month-old son beside him on Aug. 3, city police said.

When he woke up and found the child deceased, Mr. Rollins picked up the body and put him in a crib to make it appear the child had died there, police said. The cause of death was asphyxia, caused by Mr. Rollins rolling over on the child in his sleep accidentally, Scranton police Detective Vince Uher said. 

City police said Mr. Rollins admitted doing so because he "was afraid that he would get in trouble for the baby's death," according to a news release prepared by Detective Uher, who investigated the death.

Mr. Rollins - who was already in Lackawanna County Prison on two bench warrants - was charged Friday with endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangering another person and tampering with physical evidence.