Toddler boy dies after grandmom’s boyfriend lets him come into contact with drugs: Docs

An Alabama man was arrested on March 18 in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s toddler grandson, who died days earlier of a suspected drug overdose. reported that Carter Thomas, 3, died on March 6 after being found unresponsive at a relative’s home. Despite Leon Richey’s arrest on reckless manslaughter charges, Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said the toddler’s cause and manner of death are currently undetermined.

Charging documents accused Richey of allowing Thomas to come into contact with a controlled substance. The deceased boy’s mother, Chunteria Glaster, told that her son was at his paternal grandmother’s home when the fatal incident occurred.

It’s True Justice Month on Fox Nation, and “Crimes Stories with Nancy Grace” is available now! Sign up today and get your first month for only 99 cents!

Glaster recalled the grandmother calling her and telling her that Thomas was unresponsive. By the time she got to the hospital, her son was in grave condition. He was pronounced dead less than an hour after he was found lifeless at his grandmother’s home.

“A lot of people are asking me what happened, but I can’t tell them what happened because I don’t know myself,’’ Glaster said.

While it’s unclear what substance authorities believe Thomas came into contact with, reported that Richey has a 2010 conviction for heroin possession.

Richey was released from custody on March 19 after posting $15,000 bond.

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode:

How do you protect your children from predators? Join Nancy Grace and a team of world-class experts for the online course ‘Justice Nation: Crime Stops Here’.

[Featured image: Carter Thomas/GoFundMe]