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Man arrested on suspicion of giving teen fatal heroin dose

August 9, 2012 |  5:46 pm

Los Angeles police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after he allegedly injected a 13-year-old boy with heroin.

Topanga-area Det. Dave Teteque said an investigation led officers to believe that 23-year-old Brett Cronin purchased heroin and injected himself, then injected his younger brother’s friend, who was at a sleepover.

“Unfortunately I cannot release how we know,” Teteque said, adding that evidence collected at the scene and the boy’s symptoms pointed to an overdose. “But it was a nonstop investigation that lead us to determine that.”

Detectives said Cronin called the Fire Department eight hours after he allegedly gave the boy the fatal dose.

“The victim went into convulsions,” Teteque said, “and the suspect made no attempt to call police.”

When the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived at the Woodland Hills home in the 5300 block of Manton Avenue around 9:10 a.m., the boy was in a bedroom and was unresponsive. He was later determined to be dead.

Cronin’s family was at the home during the incident, Teteque said, apparently unaware of what had happened.

Cronin is being held on $1 million bail.


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