By: Yuritza Arroyo
Monmouth County authorities announced that a Grand Jury has returned a five-count indictment against an Asbury Park woman whose 2-year-old son died from a drug overdose earlier this year.
According to officials, Quanique Smith, 26, is charged with first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter, two counts of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and third-degree Hindering Apprehension.
Asbury Park Police said shortly after 1 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, officers responded to an apartment unit on the 100 block of Langford Street on a report of an unresponsive child.
At that location, they found the child, who was rushed to a local hospital, where despite lifesaving efforts, he was pronounced deceased shortly before 2 a.m.
According to Police, an investigation involving members of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department determined that quantities of heroin and fentanyl belonging to Smith had been left in the family’s home within reach of the 2-year-old and his 5-year-old sibling, with the former child ingesting the drugs that directly caused his death.
Police say Smith was arrested later on the same day and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI).
If convicted of the Aggravated Manslaughter charge, Smith could be subject to a term of up to 30 years in state prison, with 85 percent of the sentence to be served before the possibility of parole under the provisions of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA).