Dad of boy who overdosed on methadone in Kool-Aid gets 10 years in prison

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Anthony Casillas By Jennifer Thomas Anthony Casillas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man accused of child abuse after his young son overdosed on methadone in a Phoenix motel room has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Anthony Casillas, 39, also was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised probation for child abuse and attempted child abuse.

Casillas and the boy's mother, Jennifer Campos, were accused of giving their then 2-year-old son a mixture of methadone and Kool-Aid on Oct. 23, 2011, causing the toddler to overdose.

The parents told police the boy had been fussy and unable to sleep because his teeth hurt. According to court documents, he was in pain due to his "bottle rotted front teeth and bleeding gums."

In addition to the prescription painkiller, court records show the toddler also tested positive for amphetamine, acetone and nicotine.

Campos was sentenced to 10 years in prison plus lifetime probation in January.