UPDATED: Father Speaks on Louisa Co. Infant Death


Dec. 12, 2013

UPDATED: 5:15PM

A Louisa County woman is facing involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection to the death of her baby.

On Nov. 6, a Louisa County Grand Jury indicted Tristan T. Goodwin, 31, charging her with involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and neglect. After nearly a month of trying to locate her, Goodwin was arrested without incident on Dec. 4.

On Mar. 19, EMS personnel and law enforcement responded to the 1500 block of Roundabout Road for a 6-month-old not breathing. Attempts to revive the baby were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The original cause of death was believed to be sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Several months later lab results indicated a lethal dose of Benadryl and high levels of Tylenol present in the baby's body. Subsequent to the lab analysis detectives submitted additional items for forensic testing.

"I remember just holding little Tyler at the hospital and thinking that all of the love I had in my body, if I just held him and squeeze him that it would bring him back to life, but it didn't." Brian Firth is the father of 6-month-old Tyler Firth and was shocked to find his son lifeless in his home earlier this year.

Investigators later arrested Goodwin, several months later after the toxicology results came back. She now faces up to 20 years in prison.

"I can't see her doing it on purpose, but I think it was some dumb mistake," says Firth. "I mean, she shouldn't have done it."

Firth says Goodwin would never hurt anyone, and that she gave Tyler the Benadryl because he was teething, but he still questions how Goodwin gave those lethal doses to an infant.

"I just know Tyler was my pride and joy," says Firth. "I changed for that little boy and he got taken away from me for no reason, just ignorance."

Goodwin is currently being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail without bond. She is expected to be in court on December 16th.


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