A 16-year-old boy died of what police suspect is a drug overdose and a 22-year-old man was charged Tuesday with providing the drugs to the boy, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Alexander Johnson, 22, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a felony count of intent to contribute to the delinquency of a child, two counts of delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted of all charges, Johnson faces up to 39 years, seven months in prison and/or fined up to $120,500.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police responded to a call of a 16-year-old boy that was pulse-less and not breathing at a home in the 1600 block of State Street at 8:02 a.m. Monday, July 6. Rescue workers declared the boy dead at the scene. A 22-year-old man told police that he and the boy took oxycodone, which he bought from Johnson.
The three had been at Johnson’s home since about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and the three consumed about 50 oxycodone pills over that time. Police also found a bong, which is often used to smoke marijuana.
Racine Police believe the 16-year-old boy may have died from an oxycodone overdose, but the cause of death has not been determined as the toxicology reports and autopsy have not been completed. The charges against Johnson are pending the results of the autopsy and toxicology findings, according to the criminal complaint.
Johnson is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. July 16 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.