LaDonald Bryant Sr. never had a doubt that charges would come against Jaquelne Escareno in the March death of his 23-month-old great-grandson.

"When you live as long as I have," said Bryant, 73, "you learn to see things coming, and I knew this was coming from the minute I heard about what happened."

Escareno, 50, was booked for criminally negligent homicide Saturday in the drug-overdose death of toddler Demarcus Bryant. The arrest came four weeks after a pathologist found that a lethal amount of Fentanyl entered Demarcus' system through a pain patch placed on the boy's right mid-back.

The patch, the medical examiner ruled, was placed there by someone other than the child, who was three weeks shy of his second birthday when he died.

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