4-year-old boy in Maryland died of drug overdose

The death of a 4-year-old boy in Maryland last year has been ruled a homicide after authorities determined he died of intoxication from methadone, an opioid-withdrawal medication.

Firefighters and paramedics with Anne Arundel County Fire Department wear enhanced PPE, during the coronavirus pandemic, as they transport a patient after responding to a call for a cardiac arrest as a result of a drug overdose on May 6, 2020 in Brooklyn, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Officers were called to John Hopkins Hospital on Oct. 30 for a report of the child’s death, Baltimore police said Wednesday in a news release. The boy, Deyonte Davis, had been pronounced dead by doctors. Police did not say how the boy got to the hospital.

Investigators did not see signs of foul play to his body, which was transported to a medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. Police were notified about the cause of his death on Tuesday.