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CA man faces murder charge in boy's overdose death

Posted: August 11, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2012 5:00 a.m.

VAN NUYS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man accused of giving a 13-year-old boy a fatal injection of heroin has been charged with murder.

Brett Cronin was also charged Friday with felony counts of giving or administering heroin to a child and child abuse.

Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney William Ryder says the boy was at a sleepover when he went with his friend's older stepbrother into a bathroom and received the injection.

Cronin was arrested Wednesday, two days after the boy was found dead at the Woodland Hills home.

If convicted of all charges, the 23-year-old Cronin faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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