Medical examiner: Slain boy ingested fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, suffered injuries

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – During his testimony Wednesday in Broward County court, a medical examiner who examined a slain boy’s body told jurors that evidence showed that he had ingested fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin before he died.

Dr. Marlon Osbourne testified during the trial of the boy’s stepmother Analiz Osceola, also known as Analiz Rodezno, who confessed to hiding his body inside a garbage bag and a box in the laundry room of their home in 2015.

“None of them should be in a three-year-old body,” Osbourne said about the findings of the toxicology report.

Hollywood police officers found three-year-old Ahziya dead a few days after Osceola reported him missing prompting a search that also involved Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Seminole Tribe police officers.

Osbourne told the jury that Ahziya had suffered a “laceration on the chin,” had a “contusion” between his ear and cheek” and had suffered “injuries on the interior side of the neck.”

The jury also looked at X-rays of Ahziya’s broken leg, which Osbourne said likely caused him to suffer pain.

“I don’t believe it was treated,” Osbourne said later adding, “I don’t believe the child could have survived without medical attention.”

The Florida Department of Children and Families reported that before Ahziya vanished the state was already aware that he had been the victim of abuse and neglect. His biological mother, Karen Cypress Delgado, had lost custody of him.

“I had been drinking and we was in a hotel room and I had fell asleep and he had gotten out of the hotel room and got in the elevator and ended up downstairs,” Cypress Delgado said in court when she testified on March 3.

Analiz Osceola faces charges of aggravated manslaughter, child neglect, and providing false information to law enforcement.

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In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.