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Police: Infant Dies from Methadone Overdose, Mother Charged 

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick mother has been charged with causing the death of her 2-year-old son after he ingested her methadone, according to a release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department. 

Lynn Bergans,34, of South Brunswick was arrested and charged Tuesday with reckless manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree, according to police. 

On May 15, 2018, SBPD responded to Sandhill Road in South Brunswick to find an unresponsive two-year-old boy, according to police. Efforts to revive the child were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead, according to police. 

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The investigation led by Detective Timothy Hoover of the SBPD and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office led to Bergans' being charged. 

During the investigation, it was determined that the child ingested a combination of water and methadone, which was prescribed to the mother, police say. 

Toxicology results confirmed that the child died from a methadone overdose, police say. 

Bergans is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending her initial court appearance in New Brunswick, according to authorities. 

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.

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