Two people have been charged with manslaughter in connection with an overdose death in Stamford last November.
According to police, officers responded to a call for a possible overdose at 80 Pequot St. on November 26, 2018. When they arrived they found Olga “Iris” Lopez unconscious in her apartment. She later died.
Police said both her husband, 43-year-old Hector Lopez and his mother, 60-year-old Mercedes Martinez, were aware she was unconscious but had not provided any emergency care. At the time, both were charged with cruelty to persons.
Investigators determined that the suspects’ failure to act and provide medical care directly led to the victim’s death, according to police. They were both arrested Friday.
"It is our hope that these arrests give some sense of closure to a grieving family," police wrote in a statement on Facebook.
Hector Lopez was charged with first-degree manslaughter, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, and two counts of criminal attempt at tampering with a witness. Martinez was charged with first-degree manslaughter, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. They were each held on a $1 million bond and are due in court on July 8.