GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) – A West Michigan man has pleaded guilty in the death of a 1-year-old boy who died after drinking a cup of juice containing crushed morphine and allergy pills.
Gregg Busby, 60, pleaded guilty to involuntary homicide Tuesday in Kent County Circuit Court. He faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 27.
Busby was charged in the Feb. 10 death of Antonio Garcia-Lazarski. Busby admitted that he crushed up morphine and Benadryl pills and gave it to the boy in a cup of juice.
According to Kent County court records, Busby indicated he gave the child the mixture to calm him and make him feel better — the child had a hereditary disease that affected his lungs and bones. However, Busby didn’t tell police about it until almost a month after the death.
Busby and the child’s grandmother were caring for Antonio in Gaines Township at the time.
Busby, whose criminal history dates back to 1969, had been living with the grandmother. At the time he was charged, authorities mistakenly said Busby was the child’s grandfather.
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