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16 months after overdose death, man charged with reckless homicide

BERLIN, Wis. - A man is facing a reckless homicide charge 16 months after a death from a drug overdose, officials said. 

The Berlin Police Department said Thursday that 33-year-old Samuel Moreno-Baza, of Appleton, is in custody in connection with a death last year. 

According to a news release, police responded in July 2016 to a home in the 100 block of Swetting Street for a report of a woman who was dead. 

Investigators at the scene found drug-related paraphernalia near the deceased woman. Police said the cause of death was ruled a drug overdose after an autopsy.

Police said Morena-Baza was involved in delivering the heroin to the woman. 

“My heart goes out to the parents and family of the deceased female," Berlin Chief Dennis Plantz said in a news release. 

Moreno-Baza is facing charges of first-degree reckless homicide for delivering drugs and two counts of felony bail jumping. 

Court records say the woman died on July 1, 2016, but a news release from police said she died July 11, 2016. Police didn't identify the woman. 


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