Suspect in methadone case fails to appear in court

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

JANESVILLE—A woman suspected of supplying the drug that killed her 1-year-old granddaughter failed to appear in Rock County Court on Tuesday. A warrant was issued for her arrest.

Tina M. Strommen, 51, of 1729 Sumac Court, Beloit, had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on a charge of first-degree reckless homicide/delivery of drugs.

Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer attached a $5,000 cash bond to the warrant. If Strommen is arrested or turns herself in, she will be held in jail until her next court appearance, unless she pays the bond.

The 1-year-old died from an apparent methadone overdose Dec. 26 at a Janesville home that the mother, Tallie J. Strommen, 23, 722 Central Ave., Beloit, was visiting.

Investigators believe Tina, who had a prescription for the methadone, gave Tallie three methadone pills and that Tallie later gave a portion of a pill to her daughter, K'Myah before bedtime.

K'Myah was found lifeless the next morning.

Tallie is facing a charge of first-degree reckless homicide. Her case is scheduled for trial on July 21.

Tallie remains at the Rock County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond.

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