ADAMS, Mass. — It has been announced that the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secured indictments of an Adams couple on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment, death of a child.
On Thursday, the court arraigned a couple, 37-year-old Matthew Tucker and 37-year-old Barlow Tucker. They were later released by Judge Mark Mason as long as they follow requirements set by the Department of Children and Families.
10-month Kristoff Zenopolous was found deceased in his crib during the morning of Feb. 18, 2020. It was discovered that the Tuckers were Kristoff’s foster parents. Shortly after officials found the child, the Adams Ambulance Services pronounced the child dead at the scene.
The office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy of the child. Investigators determined that the infant shows visible signs of an illness that lasted two weeks preceding his death. The examiner reports that the infant died from complications of strep A, pneumonia, and the resulting build-up of pus in his lungs.
“I send my deepest condolences to Kristoff’s family, who is devastated by this loss. His death was preventable, and I thank the Grand Jury for their careful deliberation and returning these indictments so that my office may obtain justice for Kristoff,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
It was also approved by the court a motion for the Berkshire D.A.’s Office to share the investigation with the Office of the Child Advocate.
“I thank the investigators and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for their work on this heartbreaking case. We should never see another child in Massachusetts die because a caregiver failed to provide basic medical care.”
The indictments from the Grand Jury were obtained by Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington and Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Ilberg back in March.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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