Lee's Summit Police are seeking the public's help with finding an alleged drug dealer in connection with a fatal overdose in March.
Jackson County prosecutors announced Saturday they had charged 28-year-old Jared Daniels with second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance regarding the death of Taylor Stephens, 23. She was found in the bathtub of a Lee's Summit home, and the medical examiner's office said she drowned with an “other significant condition” – heroin and fentanyl intoxication.
County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said it's the first time her office has charged a drug dealer in connection with an overdose death.
According to court documents, investigators received tips that Daniels was selling heroin and had sold to Stephens. Police had received tips two times before that Daniels sold heroin. Another witness said he had read text messages that indicated Stephens got heroin from Daniels.
Daniels told police he had supplied Stephens with heroin the day she died but claimed the drugs he gave her were not the fatal dose. He and two other witnesses said Stephens did not appear to be under the influence the day she died until she went to take a bath that evening.
The witness who found Stephens in the bathtub said that while doing chest compressions to try saving her he noticed a syringe on the bathroom floor.
During the investigation, police learned of another overdose victim three days before Stephens who also obtained heroin from Daniels.
Daniels’ bond has been set at $250,000. Court records show he has been convicted twice for stealing, has several drug arrests and a DWI arrest and has been arrested or convicted six times for driving with a revoked or suspended license.