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UPDATE | Woman accused of killing toddler acquitted on all charges

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Published: Jan. 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM EST
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Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County Clerk of Court tells News 12 NBC 26 that Elizabeth Osei has been acquitted on all charges.

Elizabeth Osei was facing murder charges in the death of 3-year-old Kenyon Jay Slacks.

A deputy in court tells News 12 NBC 26 that Osei's lawyer said they felt she either gave the medication in error or that it was actually given to the child by the hospital.

The deputy says that what saved her was the large amount of witnesses who testified to her good nature and the fact she has a similar child already that she has adopted that had the same condition as this child.

The state could not produce any motive on why she would have killed this child.


Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A judge gave instructions to the jury Thursday afternoon in the trial of a woman accused of killing a toddler back in 2014.

Deliberations are set to follow the judge's instructions to the jury.


Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A murder trial has begun for a Hephzibah woman accused of killing a toddler back in 2014.

Elizabeth Osei faces murder charges in the death of 3-year-old Kenyon Jay Slacks. The prosecution rested Wednesday and the trail resumed Thursday morning with the defense.

Toxicology reports showed Slacks tested positive for a dangerous amount of morphine for an adult. Slacks had never been prescribed morphine, the report said.

Deputies say they found morphine pills, four medical syringes, and a bottle of morphine sulfate in Osei's name after searching the home, the warrant states.

Osei was indicted on January 13, 2015, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.


News 12 at 6 o'clock, Jan. 15, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- When Kenyon Slacks, 3, of Hephzibah, died last June, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office ruled it a death by "natural causes."

But a toxicology report and a search warrant led to a different charge: murder.

Elizabeth Osei was indicted on January 13. According to the indictment, Osei "did unlawfully and with malice aforethought cause the death of Kenyon Jay Slacks."

The incident reported dated January 15 states the reopened investigation determined "Slacks' death by improperly medicating him."

The results of the autopsy showed Slacks "positive for morphine 0.27mg/L," and the lethal range for the drug is between .2 and 2.3mg/L.

The search warrant shows a medicines prescribed to Slacks, but morphine was not one of those drugs.

Neighbors around Osei's residence tell News 12 more than one foster child lived there. They also say the family kept to themselves.


Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A woman has been indicted on 2 murder charges after court documents say a 3-year-old died in her custody.

Elizabeth Osei is facing murder charges in the death of Kenyon Jay Slacks.

A warrant states the woman gave Kenyon a lethal dose of morphine in June 2014.

Investigators were called to GRU to investigate the death of the toddler, according to the warrant.

Toxicology reports showed Slacks tested positive for a dangerous amount of morphine for an adult. Slacks had never been prescribed morphine, the report said.

Deputies say they found morphine pills, four medical syringes, and a bottle of morphine sulfate in Osei's name after searching the home, the warrant states.