Grandmother faces drug charges as police investigate boy's death

Morristown grandmother faces drug charges as police investigate grandson's death

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"She has been disabled for five to six years. She has her own pills in there she has her prescriptions," said Thomas Collins. "She has been disabled for five to six years. She has her own pills in there she has her prescriptions," said Thomas Collins.

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Morristown woman faces drug-related charges following the death of her 13-year-old grandson.

Lillian Collins, 65, called Morristown police around 4:00 p.m. Friday when she found her grandson unresponsive.

Police say Chase Collins, 13, was dead when they arrived at his grandmother's house.

There were no apparent wounds or trauma to the boy's body, investigators say.

After officers asked Collins if they could search her home, they say, they found several narcotics and other prescription drugs in the home including Ritalin, morphine, and oxycodone.

Investigators say the drugs were stored in the home in a manner that is "consistent with illegal resale."

Police also seized nearly $1,200 in cash and electronic surveillance equipment.

Collins was arrested taken to the Hamblen County Jail.

She has since been released on a $25,000 bond.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology test to determine the teenager's cause of death.

They say Collins may face more charges after the examinations are completed.

6 News attempted to contact Lillian Collins Saturday, but no one came to her door. Her ex-husband and the grandfather of Chase Collins, Thomas Collins, said he was saddened by his grandson's death, but he defended his ex-wife, saying she was not a drug dealer.

"She has been disabled for five to six years. she has her own pills in there she has her prescriptions," said Collins.

The grandfather also emphasized that his ex-wife would never do anything to hurt his grandson.

Collins said the death is a mystery because the boy had no known health conditions.

Family members say the teen often stayed with his grandmother, but he lived with his mother and stepfather in Morristown.  

 

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