JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- A 26-year old Jefferson County woman is being held without bond on a felony charge tied to her young son’s death. Lacey Kertz is accused of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death.
Her son, 22 month old Carson Swyers died of a morphine overdose October 28, 2013. Kertz called 911 after she found him unresponsive in their home in the 57-hundred block of Brookstone Drive in House Springs. He was rushed to St. Anthony’s Hospital and pronounced dead.
Last winter the Jefferson County Medical Examiner determined the boy died of morphine intoxication, but there were other drugs in his system as well.
Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department determined Kertz had morphine pills in her possession but did not have a prescription for the drug. “How the drugs got in the child is still being determined,” Lt. John Dolan said Wednesday.
Dolan said the Division of Family Services had investigated some child neglect complaints involving Kertz and her son when she lived in St. Francois County. “Those complaints were never substantiated,” Dolan said. The young mother and her son had lived in Jefferson County for about a month before his death.