The prosecutor drops charges against the Omaha grandmother who was arrested when the boy died

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Omaha prosecutor dropped charges against a grandmother arrested after her grandson died.

Douglas County attorney Don Kleine said he doesn’t now have enough evidence to pursue the case against 47-year-old Omaha-born Carmella Star, but the investigation into the death of 20-month-old Asann Star is ongoing. Police said the boy was in his grandmother’s care on October 7 when he was found unresponsive and taken to an Omaha Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kleine said an autopsy showed the boy died of acute fentanyl and acetylfentanyl poisoning. Carmella Star was released from prison on Tuesday.

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