Father pleads not guilty — (Macomb Journal)

SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants kills his 10-yr-old son with an overdose of painkillers, tries to stab himself to death, survives. Chrged with murder.

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Macomb Journal

By Stacey Creasy/Editor

Published Feb 25, 2005

CARTHAGE – A Plymouth man pleaded not guilty to a charge of drug-induced homicide in Hancock County Court Thursday.

Martin Laskowski, 46, is accused of giving his 10 year old son, Scott, a lethal dose of Oxycodone, a powerful painkiller.

Scott was found dead in a bedroom inside his Plymouth home after police officers went to the residence to check on the child. Officials from Scott’s school contacted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department after the boy failed to attend classes at his elementary school in Bowen.

The police officers found Martin lying next to the boy in a pool of blood. Martin allegedly stabbed himself five times in an attempt to commit suicide. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. Hancock County Coroner Kenneth Beals determined Scott died from acute poisoning from an overdose of the Oxycodone.

At the time Martin has a prescription of the drug.

Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. Martin spent several weeks in a Quincy hospital, and was later transferred to a veteran’s hospital. Martin was charged and taken into custody when he was released from the hospital.

A coroner’s inquest was held, but Beals could not determine if the cause of death was suicide, homicide, or accidental.

During the inquest, Beals testified Scott had taken 18 times the lethal dose of Oxycodone. There were also traces of anti-depressants in the boys’ system.

Following the inquest, the sheriff’s department investigated the death and later charged Martin with killing his son.

Residents in this small Hancock County town were stunned over the news of Scott’s death. A few people in the community said a custody battle over Scott between Martin and Scott’s mother was taking place, but that information could not be confirmed.

Martin is being held in the Hancock County Jail. If convicted he faces 15 to 50 years in prison.