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UPDATE: Grandmother arrested in methadone overdose case

UPDATED Thursday, February 27, 2014 --- 2:40 p.m.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The grandmother of the 13-month-old Beloit baby killed in a methadone overdose has been arrested for allegedly providing the drug.

51-year-old Tina Strommen of Beloit was booked on first degree reckless homicide charges. She faces the same charge as her daughter Tallie who allegedly gave baby K’myah a portion of a methadone pill before bed last Christmas.

Police say that Wisconsin law allows for anyone involved in the distribution of a drug that causes a death to be charged with the same crime.

Janesville police say Tina had a prescription for methadone.

Tina has been released and will be back in court in March.

23-year-old Tallie Strommen remains in jail on $20,000 bond.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 8:46 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman is charged with first-degree reckless homicide for allegedly giving her 1-year-old daughter a fatal dose of methadone.

Twenty-three-year-old Tallie Strommen of Beloit is accused of giving a piece of a methadone pill to her daughter to get her to sleep on Christmas night.

The girl, K'Myah Strommen, was found dead the next day in a Janesville apartment.

The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/1kD8JE1 ) reports Tallie Strommen made her initial court appearance in Rock County Wednesday after being arrested Tuesday.

Police say they are still trying to figure out where Strommen got the drug. She did not have a prescription for it.

Strommen is jailed on $20,000 cash bond. Her next court appearance is set for Feb. 21. Online court records do not list a defense attorney.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 7:10 a.m.

On December 26, 2013 officers responded to a death investigation at 16 N. Atwood Ave. in Janesville. Officers found a 13 month old child, K’myah Strommen, had died.

An autopsy was conducted and toxicology tests were finished on February 5th, 2014. The toxicology tests showed the child died from an overdose of methadone.

On February 11, 2014 Tallie Strommen, the child’s mother, was questioned. During questioning Strommen admitted to giving her child a portion of a methadone pill.

Strommen was arrested and held at the Rock County Jail.


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