September 30, 2013: Today, the Honorable Barbara McDermott sentenced Orlando Rosado to 15 to 40 years in prison for killing his baby boy, Christopher. On July 2, 2013, Judge McDermott found the 46-year-old defendant guilty of Third Degree Murder and EWOC during a waiver trial.
In 2012, Rosado fed a baby bottle containing heroin, methadone, and formula to his son and then put the little boy to bed. The next morning, two days shy of his first birthday, Christopher died from the drug intoxication. The defendant claimed he did not intentionally put the drugs in the bottle, but that since he himself was high on heroin he may have done so accidentally. The Commonwealth instead believes and presented at trial, that in the defendant’s warped and drug addicted mind he thought it was okay to put the drugs in the bottle to calm Christopher. Christopher was fussy the night he received the deadly concoction. ADA Lorraine Donnelly successfully prosecuted this case.