On August 18, Donna Rose Smith accepted a plea agreement in the death of her son, Patrick Michael Smith.
In February 2012, Patrick was found unresponsive at his Oro Valley residence and was pronounced deceased later that day at Oro Valley Hospital. The investigation revealed that Donna Smith gave Patrick a lethal dose of methadone. Donna Smith was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison for manslaughter and 7 years probation for fraud schemes.
On February 5, 2012 at approximately 1845 hours, Oro Valley Police responded to the block of 13000 N Singh, where officers found 18-month-old, Patrick Michael Smith, unresponsive. They immediately began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the child was transported to Oro Valley Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Due to the circumstances of the death, an investigation ensued by the Oro Valley Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit and Pima County’s Office of the Medical Examiner. Probable cause was developed to believe Donna Smith, the child’s mother, gave Patrick Smith a lethal dose of methadone. The Criminal Investigations Unit arrested Donna Rose Smith (D.O.B 08/03/90) for Felony Child Abuse and First Degree Murder at her residence on today’s date at approximately 0430 hours.