SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Toxicology tests confirmed that a two-year-old child died of a methadone overdose and as a result the victim's mother, Lynn Bergans of South Brunswick, was charged with the death of her child on Tuesday, according to authorities.
It was announced by Andrew C. Carey, Middlesex County Prosecutor, and South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka that the 34-year-old mother has been charged with causing the death of her son when he ingested her methadone.
Bergans faces charges of "reckless manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree," the prosecutor's office said.
Detective Timothy Hoover of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office reported that: "On May 15, 2018, 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."
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.