MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The uncle of a two-year-old child who police say died of an overdose under his care appeared in bond court Thursday morning.

The judge set bond at $10,000 for Richard Gibbon who is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of his nephew due to an overdose of Methadone.

It happened on May 8th when Gibbon, 38, was babysitting his nephew Amari Francis in Oakland Park.

Investigators said Gibbon had a lifelong illness that was being treated with Methadone. According to Gibbon, he was counting the pills on his bed the night of the incident. Hours later, Amari’s mother got home and when she went into Gibbon’s room to get her sleeping child, he was on Gibbon’s bed, but not breathing.

He later died at the hospital.

Detectives found Gibbon displayed ongoing negligence in the care and control of his Methadone pills.

In a 2005 case, Gibbon’s 16-month old niece was also hospitalized while in Gibbon’s care.

Police say the toddler took some of Gibbon’s medication.

He received counseling about the care of his prescriptions at that time.




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