Mother Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter in Baby’s Drug Overdose Death

Mother Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter and Drug Trafficking in Baby’s Overdose Death

In a tragic turn of events, a 10-month-old baby has lost his life to a drug overdose. The mother, Kacy Joan Kincaid, appeared in court on Sunday to face charges of aggravated manslaughter and trafficking in fentanyl.

Accompanied by her attorney, Jimmie Sparrow, Kincaid stood before County Judge Lori Cotton at the Marion County jail. The court hearing was initially scheduled for Saturday but was postponed to accommodate Kincaid’s request for her attorney’s presence.

During the hearing, Assistant State Attorney Pete Sziklai argued that Kincaid should be held without bond due to the gravity of the crime. Prosecutors plan to file a motion for pre-trial detention, which, if granted, will keep Kincaid in custody until her case is resolved.

When given the opportunity to speak, Kincaid and her lawyer remained silent. The judge scheduled Kincaid’s next court appearance for February 27, or sooner if the pre-trial detention hearing takes place earlier.

Background information reveals that Kincaid, 33, had previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and retail petit theft. She was released from prison in February 2019 but remained on probation until April 2025 for willful child abuse and accessory to attempt.

The tragic incident took place in mid-October 2023 when Kincaid’s son, Kaiel Kincaid, was found unresponsive at her residence by his aunt. The aunt immediately performed CPR and rushed the infant to AdventHealth Ocala Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detective Kyle Kern interviewed the aunt, who reported that she found Kincaid asleep on a bed with several children. Kincaid was under the influence of alcohol and became argumentative when awakened.

Subsequent investigations led to Kincaid’s detention, during which police discovered two baggies of fentanyl in her possession. Toxicology results confirmed the presence of fentanyl and methamphetamine in both Kincaid’s and her son’s bodies.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Kincaid’s blood to verify the drug match between her and her deceased son. In November, Kern attempted to interview Kincaid at the Sumter County Jail, but she refused to cooperate.

Ultimately, the test results confirmed that the drugs found in Kincaid’s body were indeed the same as those in her son’s. Consequently, an arrest warrant was issued for Kincaid.

This heartbreaking incident serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences of drug abuse and the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. The court proceedings will continue as the justice system seeks to hold Kincaid accountable for her alleged actions.

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