A Jefferson County grandmother has been charged in connection with the 2018 death of her young grandson.
Jefferson County sheriff’s officials on Monday announced the arrest of 44-year-old Michelle Lee Light on a charge of chemical endangerment of a child resulting in death. Journey Ray Layne Dorman died July 21, 2018, while in the care of his grandmother on Hoagtown Loop Road in Sylvan Springs, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. His parents, authorities said, lived in the Pinson area.
Journey was found unresponsive about 2:10 p.m. that day and was taken to Children’s of Alabama. He was pronounced dead at 3:27 p.m.
Authorities initially investigated the possibility that Journey had gotten into rat poison, but the autopsy ultimately showed he died from methadone toxicity or overdose.