1-year-old boy found dead from overdose, Parents facing charges


A Baldwin couple has been charged in the death of their 1-year-old son from a drug overdose.

Allegheny County police said Tracy Humphreys and Thomas Snelsire, both 45, turned themselves in Thursday and are charged with criminal homicide, endangering the welfare of children and drug-related charges.

According to the criminal complaint, police arrived at the home along Oakleaf Road in Baldwin on Sept. 13 for a report of a 1-year-old boy who was found unresponsive.

They determined the baby, Thomas Humphreys, had been dead for a period of time due to the condition of his body. An initial test showed that fentanyl was in his blood.

According to the criminal complaint, the baby was found on the front porch lying on a blanket dead when paramedics arrived.

Police said they had previous dealings with the parents including illegal narcotics use and child endangerment. Police also recently filed two ChildLine reports in May and July against the couple.

A caseworker said she visited the home on Aug. 14 and reported no drugs or inappropriate conditions inside the home.

Police said they found pills, heroin, cocaine and alcohol on the day the baby was found dead all within reach of the child’s pack-and-play.

They also found a straw with a white substance in the pack-and-play.

Police said an 11-year-old boy, Tracy’s biological son, also lived inside the home. Police said he was found to have cocaine in his system.

Police said both parents have been charged with criminal homicide, and more testing is being done on the baby’s blood to determine if any other drugs were ingested.

Neighbors in the area told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they have been concerned for the children living in the home for some time. They also said police were at the home on Wednesday afternoon.

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