CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Parents charged in baby’s fentanyl death

Back in January, we reported on charges filed against 41-year-old David Vasquez, accused of drug dealing after a long investigation that involved undercover buys in West Seattle and eventually netted drugs, guns, and cash. As charging documents noted, police found out about Vasquez while investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby in Southeast Seattle, blamed on fentanyl she apparently ingested through her mother’s milk. No charges were filed at the time – but that has just changed.

A reader pointed us to this Seattle Times report about charges against the baby’s parents, 36-year-old Samantha De Leo and 44-year-old Christopher Keadle. We subsequently found the charging documents in King County Superior Court online files. Each was charged this past week with first-degree felony manslaughter. The charging documents say:

While Ms. DeLeo was obviously the conduit for directly exposing the baby to the drugs that killed her, Mr. Keadle was most often the person who procured the drugs for Ms. DeLeo and without question aided in creating the environment and conditions under which the baby died. Both defendants are responsible for the death of their baby.

Police say cell phone records show more than 2,000 phone contacts between the couple and the accused dealer over an eight-month period before and after the baby’s death last year. They are out on bond and scheduled for arraignment April 27th. Vasquez, meantime, was briefly out on bond for a few days in January but then rebooked for what the jail register says was a failure to appear. He has twice asked for his $250,000 bail to be reduced, and again last week, a judge said no.

6 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Parents charged in baby's fentanyl death"

  • flimflam April 19, 2020 (8:34 pm)

    i’ll be pretty surprised if either actually endures any consequences, time will tell…

  • Alki resident April 19, 2020 (8:39 pm)

    The system failed this baby. There’s no way the baby’s parents weren’t drugging during and after pregnancy. It should’ve been taken away much sooner. Just heartbreaking. God Bless this baby. 

    • Elton April 20, 2020 (12:52 am)

      I, too, am super confused as to how this baby went home with these unfit parents. There’s typically more than a few babies in the Swedish NICU being weened off of drugs before being put into foster care.

      • B.C. April 21, 2020 (1:37 pm)

        you’re assuming the baby was even tested for drugs at birth. I’m willing to bet she wasn’t 

  • KD April 19, 2020 (10:18 pm)

    ALL drug dealers should go to prison forever! They are death dealers and their ‘job/career’ is ruthless and non stop caring about the ramifications of misery and the crime that is needed to fund the junkies. Innocent crime victims (a lot of us!) and now babies/small children. Worthless pimps. 

  • The Rog April 20, 2020 (3:59 pm)

    It should be mandatory for anyone involved in opioids, or schedule two drugs in general, on any level be responsible for trash clean up around our cities. User, dealer, prescriber and anything in between. You should be held responsible for your actions and stop subjecting others to your choices. It’s the least these people could do in the memory of what they did to that baby. The folks who are cleaning up encampments and treating these abusers are saints, and shouldn’t have to do it for people when the abusers are getting a slap on the wrist.

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