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D.C. Woman Charged in Death of Three-Year-Old Child from Fentanyl Poisoning

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – Sasha McCoy, 27, of Washington, D.C., was arrested on February 15, 2024, on the charge of first-degree felony murder in the death of her three-year-old daughter on October 28, 2022, U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves announced.  

            Defendant McCoy was arraigned on February 16th in D.C. Superior Court where she entered a plea of not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree cruelty to children for allegedly allowing her child to ingest a lethal dose of fentanyl. The Honorable Renee Raymond found probable cause that the defendant committed the murder and held her without bond pending her preliminary hearing on March 8, 2024, before Judge Brandt in Courtroom 201.   

            In announcing the arrest, U.S. Attorney Graves commended the work of those investigating the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Assistant United States Attorney Emma McArthur for her efforts in prosecuting this case.   

            An arrest on a complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty. 

Updated February 17, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-148