Father charged with murdering one-year-old daughter after she died of a methadone-spiked drink


A Portland, Oregon father accused of murdering his 15-month-old daughter, who died of a methadone overdose in December 2013, used to spike Capri Sun with the narcotic, prosecutors revealed in court on Monday.

Prosecutors stopped short of saying that’s how baby Kamaya Flores died, but they released the detail in an attempt to keep her father, 24-year-old Darian Lee McWoods, behind bars until his trial starts in January, OregonLive.com reports.

They said that the amount of methadone found in her system was enough to slow or stop her breathing.

It’s still unclear whether Kamaya ingested the drugs by accident, or if she was forced-fed them by her father.

Methadone is a narcotic that is often used to ween drug addicts off of opioids like heroin.

Kamaya Flores   Darian Lee McWoods

Another detail that prosecutors revealed on Monday was McWoods’ violent bedtime ritual.

Prosecutors said that instead of rocking or holding Kamaya until she fell asleep, he would hold her down in her crib until she stopped struggling.

McWoods has been held without bail since he was arrested in December for his daughter’s murder. It took prosecutors three years to build a case against him.

McWoods’ defense attorney Josephine Townsend petitioned for the hearing, hoping that a judge would set bail so that her client could be free until his trial started.

She argued that there were other explanations for baby Kamaya’s death, and that prosecutors may have made mistakes in their investigation.

The bail hearing extended into Tuesday, and the judge has yet to make a decision on the matter.

Baby Kamaya was found dead in McWoods’ home in December 2013, after he spent time alone with the child.

The night before his daughter’s death, McWoods told police that he picked her up from a relative’s house between 10pm and 11pm.

She was sleeping so he woke her up, bringing her along to the grocery store and then a Jack in the Box for french fries. She was not interested in eating, so she went back to sleep between 2am and 4am.

When McWoods tried to put his daughter down for nap later that day, he said she had been fussy.

When he went back to check on her, he claims he found her with her face wedged face down in a gap between the mattress and the wall and she wasn’t breathing.

911 dispatchers got three calls about the girl between 12:36pm and 12:46pm. The calls came from McWoods and his sister, Diamond, and were contradictory – saying she was either fine or unresponsive.

They rushed to the home anyway and found that she had been dead for a while.

Her heart was no longer beating, her body was cold and her face was blue – indicating oxygen deprivation.

An autopsy also revealed that some of her ribs were cracked and that her liver was lacerated.

The coroner later determined that Kamaya had died of a methadone overdose.

McWoods’ attorney tried to combat that report by calling a medical expert to appear in court on Monday.

That expert said that the coroner could have mixed up Kamaya’s sample with the sample from another body, resulting in a false overdose report. The expert added that the broken ribs could have been the result of CPR.

However, Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt said McWoods’ story doesn’t line up either.

She said Kamaya was too old to have been at risk for natural suffocation, as McWoods appears to claims with his version of events.

McWoods' sister Diamond (pictured) is also set to face trial in January for allegedly trying to cover up the girl's deathGirt also claimed in court that McWoods was not excited at the prospect of having a daughter when his girlfriend said she was pregnant, since he already had children with a former girlfriend.

She also claims that McWoods had some parenting techniques that crossed the line of legality.

She says McWoods told the mother of his other children that she should feed them beer or whiskey to get them to go to bed.

McWoods faces several charges including two counts of murder, three counts of manslaughter, a count of negligent homicide, first-degree mistreatment and tampering with a witness. All are felonies.

His sister Diamond Lynn McWoods was in court on Monday. She also faces charges of perjury and tampering with a witness for reportedly trying to cover up the girl’s death. She posted bail shortly after her arrest in December and has a trial scheduled for January as well.

After Kamaya’s death, McWoods and the girl’s mother, Maicee Flores, had another daughter and they named her Kamaya as well. Child-welfare workers took that baby away from the couple.

Prosecutors say McWoods has a history of hurting children, including a 2011 conviction for bruising the arm of his former’s girlfriend’s toddler.

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