The parents of a Riverbank toddler are facing homicide charges in connection with his death.
In a case that began in mid-December, arrests were made just this past week.
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, on Dec. 16, 2022, Riverbank deputies responded to the 5900 block of Newbrook Circle for a report of baby not breathing. Deputies located an 18-month-old not breathing. Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the boy to Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.
Due to the child's age, the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit (MCU) was activated. During a search of the home, detectives located narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, and fentanyl.
The mother of the child, identified by authorities as 25-year-old Maryanne Cazares, and the father, 31-year-old Tyler Jones, were initially interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office as part of the investigation into the toddler’s death. During their interviews, both admitted to falling asleep while the boy played on the floor. Jones also admitted that before law enforcement arrived at the home, he hid drugs, paraphernalia, and fentanyl that were accessible to the child.
Cazares also has a five-year-old daughter, who was out of state at the time of the incident. Another agency conducted a security check on her, at which time drug paraphernalia was found in her belongings. She is now under the custody of other paternal family members.
An autopsy and toxicology were performed on the 18-month-old. The toxicology report stated the he had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his blood and gastric contents, determining the cause of death to be fentanyl overdose.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, the investigation resulted in the arrest of Cazares at the Sheriff’s Office. Jones was located and arrested by MCU detectives in the city of Oakdale. Both were booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center for the homicide of the 18-month-old and child abuse for the five-year-old being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Additional court action is pending.