Raisa P. Bernabe was arrested today and charged with manslaughter for the death of her 4- year old son, Nicholas Odze.
On September 10, 2009, his father Allan Odze found Nicolas in his bed unresponsive and not breathing. Nicolas was transported to Coral Springs Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of 4-year-old Nicholas Odze a homicide. Dr. Schueler, Chief Toxicologist for the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the concentration of Zopiclone in Nicholas’s body was enough to be toxic/lethal and Zopiclone alone could have killed him.
The case was presented to the State Attorney’s Office for review. The State Attorney’s Office determined that there was enough evidence to charge Raisa Bernabe with manslaughter, delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and knowing sale or transfer of prescription drug to unauthorized person.
Bernabe was arrested without incident and transferred to Broward County Main Jail.
PIO Sergeant Joe McHugh