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Bond granted for Louisa mom charged in baby’s death

The Louisa County mother charged in the Benadryl overdose death of her 6-month-old son was granted a $50,000 bond.

Tristan T. Goodwin, 31, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and child neglect and abuse in Louisa County Circuit Court.

As part of her bond conditions, Judge Timothy K. Sanner on Monday ordered Goodwin to live with her grandmother in Danville, obey a 9 p.m. curfew and not be alone with any children under the age of 12.

Her next court appearance is Jan. 27.

Deputies and EMS personnel responded to the 1500 block of Roundabout Road in Louisa on March 19 for a call about an infant not breathing, police said.

Attempts to revive 6-month-old Tyler Firth were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead on arrival at U.Va. Hospital in Charlottesville.

Police said the original cause of death was thought to have been sudden infant death syndrome, but lab results returned several months later indicated a lethal dose of Benadryl and high levels of Tylenol present in the baby’s body.

Goodwin was indicted in November after a review of the test results and was arrested on Dec. 4 after a month-long search.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

 

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