Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced that a South Brunswick mother has been charged with causing the death of her 2-year-old son after he ingested her methadone.
Officials say Lynn Bergans, 34, of South Brunswick, was arrested and charged today with reckless manslaughter and endangering the welfare of the child in the second degree.
Authorities charged Bergans following an investigation by Detective Timothy Hoover of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to police, on May 15th, South Brunswick Police responded to Sandhill Road in South Brunswick to find an unresponsive two-year-old boy. Efforts to revive the child were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.
During the investigation, it was determined that the child ingested a combination of water and methadone, which was prescribed to the mother. Toxicology results confirmed that the child died from a methadone overdose.
Officials say Bergans is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending her initial court appearance in New Brunswick.
The investigation is active and continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Hoover at (732) 329-4646, or Detective Abromaitis at (732) 745-4436.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Bergans are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.