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8-year-old Dead after Drug Overdose; Docs say Cocaine, Fentanyl and Heroine in System; Parents Charged nearly after a Year in Pennsylvania

8-year-old Dead after Drug Overdose; Docs say Cocaine, Fentanyl and Heroine in System; Parents Charged nearly after a Year in Pennsylvania

The parents of 8-year-old Hunter Hawa, who tragically passed away from a drug overdose in July 2023, are now facing charges of murder in relation to his untimely death.

Holly Back, 40, and Mousa Hawa, 41, from Chester County, are facing serious charges including third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and other related offenses.

Emergency responders were summoned to a residence on Lincoln Highway East in Coatesville on July 26 after receiving a distress call regarding a child experiencing cardiac arrest.

Upon investigation, authorities discovered a residence abundant with drug paraphernalia.

“We discovered a large collection of used heroin baggies,” revealed Chester County District Attorney Chris de Barrena-Sarobe. “To make matters even more concerning, despite the clear indications of drug use in the vicinity, they adamantly denied any involvement, hindering the ability of medical responders to provide appropriate care for a child.”

Investigators have reported that the child tested positive for fentanyl, cocaine, and other substances.

Authorities have determined that the parents intentionally left dangerous substances exposed.

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In the affidavit obtained by a news outlet, Hawa stated that his son was aware not to handle the drugs, referring to them as “daddy’s medicine.”

The charges have been filed almost a year after Hunter’s passing. Investigators explained that they needed to carefully collect all the necessary evidence, including toxicology results, and consult with experts before reaching any conclusions.

Hawa and Back have created a GoFundMe page to seek support and donations in honor of their late son.

The page mentioned that their son passed away unexpectedly and they expressed their deep love for him. It has collected around $895 out of a target of $2,500.

“It is evident that in my opinion, these parents do not deserve any financial compensation, given the actions they inflicted upon the child,” de Barrena-Sarobe expressed.

Throughout Hunter’s short life, there were clear warning signs, as stated in the affidavit. According to reports, doctors have expressed concern over his vision and language development.

Additionally, he frequently required hospitalization for injuries that medical professionals believed indicated possible abuse.

Additionally, hair samples indicate previous exposure to drugs in the child.

Back is currently being held in jail on a bond of $1 million. Hawa was already incarcerated in the Chester County prison for previous drug-related offenses.

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