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Hillsborough County mother arrested in death of 2-month-old who died from cocaine exposure

Posted at 4:04 PM, Oct 17, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A Hillsborough County mother was arrested on Tuesday and charged in the death of her 2-month-old son, who died while in her care in April.

Megan Rand, 34, was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of 2-month-old Brennen Rand.

Investigators say that on April 24, around 2:25 a.m., deputies responded to a call about an unresponsive child. Deputies transported Brennen to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

When detectives searched the home, they found several items of drug paraphernalia and narcotics usage within close proximity of the victim.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death to be "diffuse 
pulmonary hemorrhage with hypothermia due to cocaine exposure."

Rand is being held at the Orient Road Jail on a $100,000 bond.