Couple charged in ‘chilling pills' drugging death of 2-year-old daughter

Pair faces 25 years in prison
Posted at 3:41 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 18:35:45-05

A Milwaukee couple has been charged with reckless homicide after their three-year-old daughter overdosed on oxycodone, which the couple apparently referred to as “chilling pills.”

One day before she turned three, a Milwaukee toddler was taken off life support. Now her parents, Darrell Woodson and Margarita Balderas face reckless homicide charges in her death.

Toxicology showed oxycodone and trazodone in the little girl's system. In foster care, the child's siblings recounted what happened leading up to her death.

Her fourteen-year-old sister told investigators she came home from her grandmother's house to find the two-year-old and her father laying on the couch. The sister said Woodson asked her to lay with the toddler and watch her breathing. When the toddler became unresponsive, Woodson started CPR while the sister called 911.

Months later, in foster care, the older sister recalled Woodson and Balderas "would break off pieces of prescription pills and give the pills" to the child to get her to sleep. She said they would celebrate the child taking the pills. Her brother said Woodson and Balderas would give all the children, ages 2 to 14  "sleeping pills and chilling pills," to get them to calm down or sleep.

The children reported to police they believed the couple was selling drugs.

Woodson and Balderas face 25 years in prison each and up to $100,000 in fines.

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