http://www.silive.com/news/2017/10/me_toddler_died_of_drug_overdo.html?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=statenislandadvance#incart_2box_silive-homepage-featuredThe death of a baby in Midland Beach last spring has been ruled a homicide, as a result of a drug overdose.
The lifeless body of 1-year-old Bianca Abdul was discovered by her mother on the morning of March 20, inside their home on the 100 block of Moreland Street.
The child died as a result of acute intoxication caused by the combined effects of morphine and diazepam, an anti-anxiety medication similar to Valium, according to the office of the city's Medical Examiner.
It was uncertain as of Tuesday whether the Richmond County District Attorney's Office would file charges in connection with the findings, as police said the incident remained an active investigation.
The cause of death was ominously predicted and feared by Abdul's mother during an exclusive interview with the Advance in April.
Struggling through tears, Leila Wade, 38, told an Advance reporter she feared her baby had ingested an Embeda, a mix of morphine and naltrexone, which was prescribed by a local doctor for a head injury years prior.
"That amount for a 15-pound baby, you're going to sleep," she said. "You're going to sleep with no pain... there's no crying out, it's an immediate.."
She said the child could have found a pill that had been dropped into the carpet and swallowed it. She also described the morning she found her daughter's body in the Pack 'n Play.
"I picked her up and I knew she was dead," said Wade. "I looked in her eyes and I tried to do CPR...but in her eyes I knew that she was dead and cold."
Within days of Bianca's death, the Administration for Children's Services removed Wade's 12-year-old daughter, who subsequently was placed in foster care.
It was the second time the older daughter had been removed from Wade, who told the Advance she was a prior victim of domestic violence and has been subjected to multiple home-visits by child care investigators.
The day after Bianca's death, her visibly distraught father was arrested outside of the home for unrelated charges. He later told the Advance he had gone to the home to grieve, despite an order of protection on behalf of a neighbor and a history of domestic violence that police said had occurred in front of the Bianca.