Michael Guzman

Slightly blurred photo of Michael Guzman, a Caucasian toddler with wispy brown hair, wearing a brown sweater and holding his hand out to the camera.Name: Michael Guzman.
Died: January 22, 2017.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Phenobarbital overdose.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Michael was found unresponsive in his 9-year-old sister’s bed; at the time, he had been dead for about twelve hours and his mother had not checked on him for longer than that.

Medical examiners determined that Michael had died of a phenobarbital overdose. Considered suspicious from the beginning, his death was ruled a homicide after six months, but his mother evaded capture for another half a year before she was tracked down and charged.

Case status:
Phyllis Reinoso (Mother), charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, acting in a manner injurious to a child and failure to exercise control of a minor.

Child welfare workers made 13 visits before death of Queens boy
Source: ACS opened 13 cases with family before death of son, 5
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