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UPDATE: Bond Set for Mother Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter after Infant Death

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UPDATE 12/16/2013: Tristan Goodwin, accused of killing her child with an overdose of over-the-counter medication, was granted a $50,000 bond.


Nine months after the death of her 6-month old son, police say 31-year-old Tristan Goodwin of Louisa County is responsible after giving him a fatal dose of Benadryl and Tylenol.

At first it was thought that the baby died from SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. But months later, a toxicology report is proving otherwise. Now the baby's father, Brian Firth, is left trying to put the pieces together.

"I thought I had the perfect family,” Firth said. “I had my son I loved more than the world and I loved her more than anything in the world and it all got ripped out in a matter of seconds.”

His son, Tyler, died last March, and now Tyler’s mother is being charged with his death.

"She told me the reason she gave him the Benadryl and Tylenol was because he was teething and he was teething. She said she gave him the Benadryl because he had a running nose," Firth said.

The Sheriff's Office says that combination of Benadryl and Tylenol was a lethal one. Now Goodwin faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of child abuse and neglect.

"It's involuntary manslaughter. There's no evidence to show she was actually trying to harm the baby. She used poor judgment and giving these medications to the child,” said Lieutenant Jeff Sims with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Goodwin gave Tyler the medicine to calm him, but later found him unresponsive.

"She found the baby not breathing and took it to the grandparents’ house. The grandmother started performing CPR while the grandfather called,” Sims said.

That unusual death prompted an autopsy and toxicology but it took months for the results to come back. Goodwin was indicted by a grand jury last month and was arrested at her Louisa County home last week.

"I'll stand by her. I'm not going to leave her dry until I know definitely. I want to see what happens in court before I make my decision,” Firth said.

Monday, she was granted $50,000 bond.

If convicted, Goodwin faces up to 20 years behind bars.

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