Columbus mom gets 8 years in prison for heroin death of 11-month-old

Denise Dickinson

COLUMBUS (AP) – An Ohio woman whose 11-month-old son died from ingesting heroin has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors say Denise Dickinson’s son, Dominic, ingested heroin and the powerful painkiller fentanyl before he stopped breathing at a Columbus home in May 2015. He was pronounced dead by medics.

Dickinson, who’s now 33, entered her guilty plea and was sentenced Friday.

A message seeking comment was left for her public defender.

The boy’s father also was charged in the case. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter last year and was sentenced to nine years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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