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Spanaway toddler died from methamphetamine, according to medical examiner’s office

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
January 29, 2013 9:28 pm

A Spanaway toddler who died last month had fatal amounts of methamphetamine in his system, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said today.

Nathan Iverson, 2, died Dec. 6 of acute methamphetamine toxicity, the office said.

Emergency crews were called about 2:30 a.m. to what sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said is a house well-known to deputies in the 16900 block of Sixth Avenue East in Spanaway.

Nathan was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where he died later that day, Troyer said.

Residents of the house admitted to authorities after the death that they used drugs, Troyer said. He said there were no signs of drugs or drug use when deputies arrived. The hospital called law enforcement after the boy was examined and deputies arrived hours after he was initially transported, Troyer said.

Deputies think people have been involved with drug use at the house in the past as well, he said.

“We’ve got a mess to sort out,” Troyer said. “The bottom line is, one way or another, this kid ingested enough meth to kill him.”

No one was in custody today.

Troyer said the results of the Sheriff’s Department investigation and the autopsy will be sent to Pierce County prosecutors.

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