Anne Arundel County Mother and Grandmother Charged After 9-Month-Old Infant Ingests Heroin/Fentanyl and Dies

December 6, 2019
Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17, and Laurie Ann Taylor, 43 both of Curtis Bay

Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17, and Laurie Ann Taylor, 43 both of Curtis Bay

On Saturday, July 27, 2019 at approximately 9:28 a.m., the Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Departments responded to the 7900 block of Chesapeake Drive, Orchard Beach, Maryland for a nine month old male infant in medical distress. The infant was transported to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center for further medical treatment. Life saving measures were continued at the hospital until 10:19 a.m. where the infant, identified as Niyear Taylor of the 7900 block of Chesapeake Drive, was pronounced deceased.

Homicide Detectives and the Evidence Collection Unit responded to the scene. Detectives conducted interviews with several family members that resided within the residence with the baby Niyear. Preliminary investigation advised the infant had been “wheezing” while breathing but had went to bed at approximately 2:00 a.m. At approximately 9:15 a.m. the mother and grandmother, who were co-sleeping with the infant, found the baby unresponsive and called 911.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the infant. Upon conclusion of the autopsy and subsequent toxicology examinations, it was confirmed Fentanyl and Morphine were present in the infant’s blood, liver, and stomach contents. Due to further testing the OCME confirmed through toxicology that the infant had ingested Heroin and Fentanyl. The OCME ruled the infant’s cause of death as Fentanyl and Heroin intoxication with Despropionyl Fentanyl use with the manner being homicide.

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at approximately 9:00 a.m., detectives with the Homicide and Fatal Overdose Units executed a search warrant at the infant’s residence located in the 7900 block of Chesapeake Drive. During a search of the residence empty capsules with trace powdery substances were located in every room throughout the entire house. Upon completion of the search warrant over one hundred gel caps were recovered from the floor, the infant’s diaper bag, and various other areas within the residence. The recovered gel caps were examined by the Anne Arundel County Police Controlled Dangerous Substance Lab. Upon conclusion the capsules recovered from the mother’s bedroom tested positive for both Heroin and Fentanyl.

Through more investigative interviews, detectives learned the grandmother of the infant, identified as Laurie Ann Taylor, a forty three year old female from the 7900 block of Chesapeake Drive, drove her two daughters and baby Niyear to Baltimore City to purchase Heroin on Friday, July 26, 2019. In doing so the grandmother, Laurie Taylor, purchased four heroin capsules to share them with her two daughters. Laurie Taylor advised upon returning home one Heroin gel capsule was missing. It was learned the three of them looked extensively for the missing heroin gel cap but it was never located.

Since the gel cap was missing Laurie Taylor then drove her seventeen year old daughter, Alexus Lorraine Taylor of the 7900 block of Chesapeake Drive back to Baltimore City to purchase additional Heroin. Upon returning home at approximately 1:00 a.m. on the morning of July 27, 2019 they noticed the infant breathing oddly. Laurie Taylor stated she questioned whether or not the infant had ingested the heroin capsule but after discussing medical care for baby Niyear with Alexus, the infant’s mother, they decided to take a “wait and see” approach. Within hours Alexus and Laurie Taylor found baby Niyear unresponsive.

The Homicide Unit has been working in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for several months in regards to the homicide investigation of baby Niyear. In doing so on the morning of Thursday, December 5, 2019 Alexus, the mother, and Laurie Taylor, the grandmother, of the deceased baby Niyear were taken into custody without incident at their residence. In regards to the homicide of baby Niyear, Alexus Taylor was charged with First Degree Child Abuse resulting in death, Second Degree Child Abuse, Manslaughter and Reckless Endangerment. Laurie Taylor was charged with the same charges in regards to the homicide of baby Niyear but also two counts of Reckless Endangerment in regards to her child, Alexus Taylor.

The Anne Arundel County Police and State’s Attorney’s Office is aware of the opioid epidemic facing this county and our nation. Since April 20, 2017, a new pilot program, “Safe Stations”, was implemented in response to the growing opioid epidemic and the Governor’s declared State of Emergency. Safe Stations allows persons with substance use disorders, who are looking for treatment, to walk into a police or fire station and request assistance with no fear of legal ramifications.

Once at the station, the individual will be given a medical assessment by emergency medical services. If they do not need immediate medical attention, a Crisis Response Team is contacted to provide further access to the individual for treatment and follow-up care. If the individual does require immediate medical attention, they are transported to the emergency department by EMS and a Mobile Crisis Team will meet the individual in the hospital. In 2019 one thousand and seven (1007) individuals have utilized Safe Stations to obtain treatment in regards to their opioid addictions.

Even though arrests have been made this is a very active investigation. The Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Download P3Tips APP and Submit Your TIP or submit by web at www.metrocrimestoppers.org.

Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17, of Curtis Bay, was charged as an adult with the following.

  • First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death
  • Second Degree Child Abuse
  • Manslaughter
  • Reckless Endangerment

Laurie Ann Taylor, 43 of Curtis Bay, was charged with the following.

  • First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death
  • Second Degree Child Abuse
  • Manslaughter
  • Four Counts of Reckless Endangerment. Two charges for her daughter, and two charges for her granddaughter.

Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17

Laurie Ann Taylor, 43



Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17, and Laurie Ann Taylor, 43 both of Curtis Bay

Alexus Lorraine Taylor, 17, and Laurie Ann Taylor, 43 both of Curtis Bay

17 Responses to Anne Arundel County Mother and Grandmother Charged After 9-Month-Old Infant Ingests Heroin/Fentanyl and Dies

  1. Queen of the Iron Throne on December 6, 2019 at 11:48 am

    What a lovely family!

    • Jeffrey Epstein on December 6, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Why aren’t these people being chemically castrated like families of small businesses are?

  2. World's most Interesting (Stupid) Woman on December 6, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I don’t always take my whole family with me when traveling to Baltimore to buy Heroin(!). But when I do…I make sure to put it within reach of my grandchild.

    Stay extremely stupid my friends.

  3. Donna on December 6, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Wait and see if they like to be incarcerated forever!!! Does Maryland have chemical death penalty? Do to them what they did to the innocent baby!! Justice!!

    • Anonymous on December 8, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      They’ll do it to themselves over time. That’s usually the outcome for the opioid lovers.

    • Death penalty? on December 9, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Maryland death penalty??? Hahahahahahahahahaha. If the libs had it their way, these 2 horrible people will just have to promise to not do it again and they will be set free

  4. Anonymous on December 6, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    The so called “mother” is just a baby herself! SMH!

  5. Judge Roy Bean on December 6, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    The court should show them no mercy.

  6. Jack Wagon on December 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    There is no reason to keep these scumbags alive. Get the other daughter too.

  7. Emma Dyson Smith on December 7, 2019 at 8:14 am

    This grandmother made a series of poor decisions resulting in her children becoming addicts and the death of her grandchild. Addiction is a disease. This woman was probably brought up in a family culture where this behavior was considered normal. Sadly, an innocent baby, had to die in order for this family to get the help they need. They are not scumbags. They are people caught up in a cycle of addiction and should be treated with compassion. They are already suffering the consequences of their actions. Nothing anyone can say will bring that child back. Let’s help the other two and their mother, not condemn them.

    • Didn't think so on December 7, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      You have a couple empty rooms for them to stay? How about some extra money to get them ‘on their feet’? Put up or shut up.

    • Anonymous on December 9, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      I would love to help them. Help them into the execution room and help them put that final needle in their arm. They can even use fentanyl to give them their lethal dose.

      • Shamal R. on December 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm

        You might say that solves it, but what are gonna do? We gonna execute everyone with a drug problem? How far you wanna go? Maybe we move on to alcoholics next? Then what? Speeding or not wearing a seat belt.

        Glad you and your family are perfect.

        • Anonymous on December 12, 2019 at 3:42 pm

          Only the ones that kill people.

  8. 2bless on December 7, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Well said. Prayers and Condolences to all involved.

    • Well said? "to ALL involved"? on December 9, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Except for the baby, too late for the child.

      But tossing out the old familiar “prayers and condolences to all involved” made everything just fine!

      Where do these morons come from?

      Tolerating this type of mindless mush is as bad as the sick trash in the article.

      • HereWeGoAgain on December 10, 2019 at 3:40 pm

        Can you imagine what kind of life that baby had? if they were all on drugs they were strung out all the time and the baby I am positive was neglected while they are passed out. The child should have been taken away from her from birth. I don’t see them getting in much trouble, they will get a slap on the wrist and have to take classes, get back out into society and do it all over again. That’s how it works.