Mother who taught her son to shoot heroin is charged with his death

The tragic death of the 16-year-old boy, Raymond Strosina product of a cocaine and heroine overdose had a dramatic twist when the justice decided to charge his mother, Patricia Strosina. She is being charged not only of teaching her son to use drugs, but also consuming them together in a regular basis, which led her son’s death.

The body of the teenager was found by his father lying on a desk. A syringe and a burned spoon were found nearby. An autopsy determined that Raymond died of respiratory arrest and a mixed drug overdose that included heroin and cocaine.

At first instance, the mother admitted to using heroin, but denied consuming it in front of her son. Nevertheless, she acknowledged her son only smoked marijuana and said not to know how he started with heroin. According to the evidence, several people claimed to have known that the teen used heroin with his mother. Some of them stated they went to buy drugs together and that Raymond was a regular user of marijuana since he was 14, at which time the mother would have begun to teach him to inject heroin. As stated in the complaint, the mother admitted to have gone with her son to Milwaukee to buy heroin and that the last time they had used heroin together was the weekend before the death of Raymond.

The complaint says that the mother’s actions “encouraged and contributed to Raymond Strosina’s drug use, which eventually led to his death”. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.