Prescription drugs found in SUV after NC mom crashes and her baby dies, warrant says

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) — Another search warrant filed in connection to Melissa Henderson, the mother of a 13-month-old boy who was killed when their car crashed on River Road, reveals prescription drugs were found in the vehicle.

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According to the court document, investigators searched Henderson’s white 2004 GMC Yukon XL, the vehicle that was involved in the fatal wreck on April 24, and found:

A metal case containing a torn clear plastic bag containing seven green, rectangle-shaped tablets with the marking “S 90 3”
A plastic container with multiple “Gillette” razor blades
A melted plastic bottle with lid
A silver spoon head

Drugs.com, an independent medicine information website created to share drug and related health information, identifies “S 90 3” as Alprazolam, which is used in the treatment of anxiety; panic disorder; depression; tinnitus; dysautonomia and belongs to the drug class benzodiazepines.

Previous story: NC mom of baby who died in fatal crash had drugs in her system

Investigators said Henderson was driving in the 9900 block of River Road with her son, 13-month-old James Andrews III, and daughter, two-year-old Jacquelyn Andrews, when she drove off of the road and hit a tree causing the car to catch fire.

James was pronounced dead at the scene. Henderson and her daughter were rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Henderson was then transferred to UNC Hospital at Chapel Hill for second and third degree burns and a fractured pelvis, according to Highway Patrol troopers.

Henderson has been released from the hospital, according to a spokesperson for UNC Health Care.

According to an initial search warrant filed in connection to the wreck, a urinalysis performed at NHRMC revealed Henderson had multiple prescription and illegal narcotics in her system the day of the accident.

Samples of Henderson’s blood as well as her medical records were obtained as part of the search warrant. Evidence obtained from these records could constitute a charge of second-degree murder, according to the court document.

As of May 3, no charges had been filed in the case, according to District Attorney Ben David. We have reached out to see whether charges have been filed following her release from the hospital, but have not heard back yet.

Several concerned citizens called 911 prior to the crash to report the SUV was “all over the road,” and that it had driven completely off of the road at some points.

Henderson’s boyfriend, the father of the two children involved in the crash, told investigators the Department of Social Services had an active investigation into their family. He said the DSS had concerns over drug tests.

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