CALDWELL - A Burleson County jury gave a Caldwell man the maximum sentence after his boy drowned in a bathtub, while was high on heroin.
Michael Fredrickson was convicted Thursday of Injury to a Child, a second degree felony. On Friday, Fredrickson was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Frederickson and his girlfriend, Samantha Lange were living at the Caldwell Motel last March. According to CPS documents, Samantha put their 13-month-old son Aiden in the tub and turned on the water. High on heroin, the couple passed out. When they woke up, Aiden was floating face down.
Paramedics attempted life-saving measures on the child but were too late. Aiden was pronounced dead at St Joseph’s Medical Center.
While the cause of death was inconclusive, the medical examiner testified he found methamphetamine in Aiden’s blood and liver, water in the baby’s lungs, and large quantities of un-chewed, un-peeled fruit in the baby’s stomach, esophagus, and mouth. All were listed as potential causes.
“The victim in this case has no voice, had no say in this trial, because of the actions and inactions of Mr. Fredrickson,” said District Attorney Julie Renken. “The sentence reflects the jury’s, and this community’s intolerance of child neglect and abuse.”
The couple also had a 2-year-old son who was taken by Child Protective Services.