Pittsburgh father charged in overdose death of 11-month-old daughter

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PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh man was charged Wednesday in the death of his 11-month-old daughter after she died of a drug overdose, police said.

Don Coleman’s daughter, Mi’Orah Coleman, died in August of fentanyl toxicity, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.

On Aug. 19, police and paramedics were called to a home on Goe Avenue in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood, where Mi’Orah was unresponsive and not breathing, according to a criminal complaint. She died at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Investigators at the home found three stamp bags on the front porch. They said the bags were tested and found to contain fentanyl.

In October, police said Coleman confessed to being high on heroin while he was watching his daughter on the night she died. He said he had been lying in bed with her and she must have gotten ahold of a straw he used to snort the heroin, the complaint said.

When police and paramedics got to the home, Coleman said he noticed a straw on the floor next to the bed, according to the complaint. He admitted to flushing the straw down the toilet before leaving for the hospital.

Coleman is charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, tampering with or fabricating evidence and drug possession.