A Mount Airy woman charged in the fentanyl-related death of her infant son recently tested positive for fentanyl, after telling a judge through her attorney she’d been clean since her son’s death.

The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office on Monday sought to have Heather M. Frazier’s bail revoked after learning she tested positive one day after her release July 26, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Engler.

The 34-year-old Frazier, who is pregnant, and her husband Jeremy W. Frazier, also 34, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and child neglect in the July 2020 death of 2-month-old Grayson Frazier. The state’s attorney’s office has alleged the baby’s bottles were prepared in the same room where drugs, including fentanyl, were used by the parents.

In court, Engler zeroed in on the results of Heather Frazier’s drug test and how they conflicted with the story of sobriety the judge had been told. Engler said Heather Frazier previously claimed — through her attorney — to have been sober since Grayson Frazier’s death on July 3, 2020. Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. previously permitted her to be released on $20,000 secured bond, requiring her to stay with her parents, abstain from drugs and alcohol and submit to drug testing.

On July 28, the Frederick County Pretrial Services Program obtained the results from Heather Frazier’s July 27 drug test, according to the state’s attorney’s office, and found she tested positive for fentanyl while approximately 15 weeks pregnant.

Public defender Ashley Sener argued there is no evidence to prove Heather Frazier used fentanyl after Nicklas set her bail and ordered her to abstain from drugs, stating she could have used fentanyl prior to then and still tested positive. Fentanyl can be detectable through a drug test up to 72 hours after use, according to the state’s attorney’s emergency petition to revoke bail. Sener further stated Frazier has been following the conditions of her pretrial release.

Engler acknowledged the timeline of the drug test, but she asserted the state believes Frazier should be held in confinement for her and her unborn child’s safety.

“We are very concerned,” Engler said.

Judge Scott L. Rolle made clear he didn’t appreciate the dishonesty regarding Heather Frazier’s sobriety and questioned how he could be certain she won’t continue using while out on bail.

“Now there’s a child that could be in danger,” Rolle said.

At Rolle’s request, the attorneys on Monday contacted pretrial services to determine how frequently Heather Frazier could be tested for drug use. After an hour recess, Engler told Rolle testing is available during the week but not on weekends.

Rolle turned to Heather Frazier, who stood next to her counsel wearing an orange and white detention center uniform.

“I’m not gonna test positive,” Heather Frazier told him.

Rolle warned he would put her back in jail if she does. Frazier’s father said he’d bring her in himself if that would occur.

“This is a big deal to me,” Rolle said before denying the state’s petition to revoke bail. He ordered Heather Frazier be drug tested as often as possible.

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(12) comments

artandarchitecture

There's so many horrible child abuse stories in Maryland today.

This is the worst:

Essex, MD

Maryland aunt of children found dead in trunk of car during traffic stop drove around with their deceased bodies for months

https://news.yahoo.com/2-children-dayton-found-dead-141300986.html?fr=yhssrp_catchall

MD1756

Some people should not be allowed to get pregnant, or get someone pregnant. The county needs to increase their spay and neuter program.

olefool

Now, Now, MD... you're going to be ginning up the preachers and politicians with such talk.... But you are right, we do need a Planned Parenthood Clinic here....

olefool

After the tragic circumstances of her first baby's death, and then while carrying another unborn she continues to ingest the same poison that killed her newborn, she's not entitled to a whit of compassion from anybody. You can blame it on addiction all you want but in the end it's a matter of personal responsibility. Recovering and recovered addicts and alcoholics will tell you from their experiences; you have to WANT to be drug and alcohol free, there are no magical or pharmaceutical cures for those maladies. There are, however, groups that can offer help IF she want's it. NA and AA come to mind.

Frankle1

Put her ass in inpatient treatment right now. She needs rehab. She should be sentenced and go to jail after she has this child. Until then, she should be in the supervised care of doctors. Detoxing could kill the fetus. Addiction is a progressive chronic disease. No judge can wave a magic gavel and make an addict stay clean.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]Frankle1 And it would save her dad from having to act like her warden.

Plumbum

She is a heroin addict.

Drug addicts do not tell the truth. Because they yearn for the drug. The yearning for the drug is something they can’t control.

I hate a liar. And, I’ve also never known a drug addict that didn’t lie.

Is this event really any surprise?

bnick467

Heroin addicts don't "yearn" for the drug. They have a physical addiction. Their body NEEDS the drug just like it needs food and water, and their brain goes into survival mode and does whatever is necessary to make sure they get the thing their brain is convinced is a life and death necessity. Physical addiction to things like heroin, alcohol, or nicotine is a mental illness and should be treated as such.

sevenstones1000

It’s a physical illness. As you said, it isn’t “yearning” it is a physical need.

threecents

Semantics.

C.D.Reid

You hate a liar, Pb? [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

sevenstones1000

Oh my word.

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