Sunday, July 13, 2003

Dad accused of giving son a lethal drug overdose

The Associated Press

LANCASTER, Ohio - A man who served an eight-month sentence for drug possession in 2001 has now been accused of giving his son a lethal overdose of drugs.

A Fairfield County grand jury on Friday charged Bradley John Frasure, 38, of Logan, with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs and theft of drugs.

A relative found the body of Frasure's son, Kyle Kendall Frasure, 19, upstairs in her Bremen home on June 27, Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phelan said.

"Part of it is still being investigated, but a couple things we do know: They had spent time together, and the father had given the son the drugs," Phelan said.

Investigators say the Frasures had been drinking together for about three days before Kyle's death. The indictment accuses the father of providing at least 10 doses of methadone and at least 10 doses of Ativan.

Methadone is often prescribed to treat narcotic addiction, and Ativan is used to treat anxiety. Overdoses of either can cause coma or death, and the danger increases when they're mixed with alcohol.

The theft charge stems from when Frasure was being held in the Fairfield County jail on unrelated charges in March. He is accused of stealing a prescription bottle containing four Xanax tablets, also used to treat anxiety, from the medical office and swallowing them while being examined by medical personnel.

Frasure has been moved from the Hocking County jail, where he was being held on forgery charges, to the Fairfield County jail. He is to be arraigned on Monday.

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