OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KNWA/KFTA) — Harold Belton, 47, and Grashaunda Brooks, 44, are each charged with one count of second-degree murder following the death of their six-year-old son.

According to a report from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, investigators note that on October 4, 2021, Belton took his son to the Integris West Community Hospital emergency room in Oklahoma City at approximately 5:05 a.m. and medical staff did not find a pulse. Staff attempted to revive the boy for approximately half an hour but they believed the boy had been dead for up to three hours based on his body temperature at the time of his admission.

Belton told Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) detectives that the night before, his son had stated that he did not feel well. Belton told detectives he got in bed with the boy, dozed off, and woke up around 2-3:00 a.m. because he felt something wet on his shoulder.

Belton said the boy was unresponsive, had mucus coming out of his nose and mouth, and when he tried to pick him up, the boy’s head “just drooped over.” A medical examiner said the probable cause of death was toxic effects of fentanyl after finding 27 ng/mL of fentanyl in the 6-year-old’s blood. 

After serving a search warrant, OCPD officers and detectives reported finding three blue tablets in a plastic pill bottle labeled for Brooks, the victim’s mother, hidden inside of a barbecue grill. The tablets were tested by the OCPD Lab and were determined to contain fentanyl.

According to investigators, the tablets were counterfeited to mimic pharmaceutical oxycodone 30mg tablets.

In April, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were notified of the death and began assisting OCPD with the investigation. Agents determined that Brooks currently, and at least for the year prior to her son’s death, had been prescribed oxycodone tablets but did not have a prescription for fentanyl.

I am very saddened by the tragic death of this 6-year-old boy. Fentanyl can be a deadly poison. Illegal fentanyl is affecting not only addicts, but the young and innocent as well. Simply put, these counterfeit pills kill people and destroy families. I appreciate the Oklahoma City Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration for working with my office to ensure that those who illegally possess and sell fentanyl within our community are held accountable. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect all Oklahomans and prosecute those who violate the law.

Attorney General John O’Connor

The Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case.