Parents Arrested In Cattaraugus County Following Fatal Overdose Of Baby Boy

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ELLICOTTVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) — Parents of a two-year-old who died last year from a fentanyl overdose in Pennsylvania were arrested in Cattaraugus County this week. 

Two fugitives from justice, 45-year-old Nicole Ann Stauffer of Bethlehem Pa. and 25-year-old Christian Brewster of Friendship, NY, were wanted on involuntary manslaughter charges by Bethlehem Pennsylvania Police, a suburb of Allentown, Pa.

According to, in July 2022 the two-year-old was found not breathing inside of his Bethlehem home. CPR was given, but the boy showed no signs of life when emergency responders arrived. The toddler was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. 

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office determined the child died from fentanyl toxicity and his death was ruled a homicide. Police said they found narcotic material and drug paraphernalia in the bedroom, including the area where the baby was sleeping. 

Following further investigation, local police alleged “numerous” allegations of child abuse and neglect against the pair. Stauffer allegedly used illicit drugs during her pregnancy. When her son was born, he suffered from neonatal abstinence syndrome and opioid withdrawal. 

The parents also, police say, failed to take their son to follow-up medical appointments. 

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, along with Ellicottville Police and New York State Police, conducted a felony traffic stop on Route 242 arresting the wanted duo in Ellicottville on Thursday afternoon. 

Both were held at the Cattaraugus County and are now awaiting extradition back to the Commonwealth. 


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