2nd Arrest Made in Baby's Drug Death

Police say the baby died from heroin and cocaine intoxication.

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    Police arrested Oscar Rivera (L) the boyfriend of Viameri Santana-Berrios (R) who is still at large. Police say the couple is connected to the death of Santana-Berrios' 9-month-old nephew who died of heroin and cocaine intoxication.

    Police have made a second arrest in the death of a 9-month-old baby.

    Police arrested the child’s aunt Viameri Santana-Berrios, 27, Wednesday, after she eluded police for nearly 10 months. Santana-Berrios' boyfriend, Oscar Rivera, 34, was arrested last month in connection with the baby's death.

    On Tuesday, July 26, 2011, medics responded to a home on the 4500 block of N 7th Street after receiving a call for a child having difficulty breathing. When they arrived they found 9-month-old Milton Galarza Rojas unresponsive. He was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    The Medical Examiner’s Office determined the child died from heroin and cocaine intoxication. They also ruled the death a homicide. Police issued warrants for Santana-Berrios and Rivera.

    Both are being charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child and related offenses.


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