CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of a Chattanooga toddler as a homicide after an autopsy report found that a pain patch caused his death.
Chattanooga Police spokesman Tim McFarland told the Times Free Press that officers are working with the medical examiner's office and the district attorney's office as they investigate the death of Demarcus Bryant, who was almost 2.
An autopsy report completed Saturday found that Bryant died on March 22 due to a 25-microgram fentanyl patch. The report listed the manner of death as homicide because the patch had been placed on the boy's back "by someone else."
A physician at Highland Pediatrics told the newspaper that fentanyl can be used to treat children, but is usually reserved for cases of extreme pain.
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