MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday, May 4th the April 15th death of four-year-old Tyran Beckless has been ruled “acute methadone intoxication.”
According to the medical examiner, Beckless is the seventh child under the age of five to die as a result of an opiate overdose in 19 months.
Beckless died at a home near 26th and Melvina. Milwaukee police said two people were arrested after his death.
Beckless’ great aunt, Lashonda Taylor, said Tyran went to sleep in his home with his mother, father, one-year-old sister and five-year-old brother on April 15th — but Tyran didn’t wake up on Saturday morning.
“It’s just not real to me right now,” said Taylor. “Like my nephew said, he went to sleep with his little brother and he woke up… and I guess he felt his brother and he felt like ice to him,” said Taylor.
“He was my heart. He was a good baby. I loved him to death, I really did,” Jettoria Wimbley, the boy’s great grandmother said.
Crime tape surrounded the home for several hours on April 16th.
“Tragedy — a senseless death. A tragedy not only for the child, but for the parents. If you know somebody who would be dealing with addiction and they do have kids, question them right away,” Ken Hartenstein, a licensed professional counselor with Rogers Memorial, who helps those dealing with addiction said.
Hartenstein said opioids can be lethal no matter your age.
“Some of these drugs out there are powerful enough to kill a fully-grown adult. A young child, absolutely, it’s quite a danger,” Hartenstein said.