Police investigate Baker death

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By Sharon Graves

The Carrollton Police Department is investigating the recent death of Brady Baker, 22, of Carrollton.

Baker was found unresponsive at 3:05 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Carrollton Village apartment of Latasha Hughes, Police Chief Mike Willhoite said Monday.

Hughes was an acquaintance of Baker, and he had been staying at her apartment for about two weeks, Willhoite said.

The investigation was opened because Baker was believed to be in good health  with no known medical problems, Willhoite said.

Cause of death could not be determined at the scene. Authorities aren’t speculating on the cause of Baker’s death.

Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite said the state medical examiners office will conduct an autopsy and a toxicology screen. A full report should be available in about three weeks.

Similar deaths recently

blamed on drug use

Late last year, two other young men died in the city. In both cases, the cause of death couldn’t be determined immediately.

But autopsies and drug tests performed on Tommy W. Jones, 26, of Carrollton, who died Oct. 7, and Keith O’Connor, 23, who died Oct. 23, determined that the drug oxymorphone was a contributing factor to their deaths.

The autopsy said Jones had an undiagnosed heart condition. Oxymorphone and drugs like it can compromise the central nervous system and cardiac system, Coroner Wilhoite said in a story published Nov. 17.

O’Connor reportedly had other drugs in his system at the time, along with oxymorphone, and died of a pulmonary edema (blood clot in the lung) attributed to the drug use, according to Coroner Wilhoite.

Neither Jones nor O’Connor had a prescription for the oxymorphone, an opiate pain killer  manufactured under the commercial name Opana.