Suspected Overdose Death of 14-Month-Old Toddler Remains Under Investigation; Holbrook Couple Indicted

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14-month-old toddler Joseph Adonis was found unresposive in the couple’s bedroom; taken via ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
14-month-old toddler Joseph Adonis was found unresponsive in the couple’s bedroom; taken via ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident emphasizes the urgent need for action to address the opioid crisis.

HAUPPAUGE, NY  – In a tragic incident that highlights the devastating impact of the opioid crisis, Wilkens Adonis and Daryllee Leibrock of Holbrook have been indicted on multiple charges, including Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The couple allegedly possessed guns and illicit drugs in their shared apartment, where their 14-month-old toddler and an 11-year-old child also resided. Leibrock is additionally charged with violating orders of protection involving the two children.

This heartbreaking case emphasizes the urgent need for action to address the opioid crisis. Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney emphasized the importance of contacting legislators and demanding decisive measures to tackle this issue. The death of the toddler, Joseph Adonis, due to a suspected overdose serves as a wake-up call to lawmakers and the community at large.

“The death of a toddler from a suspected overdose of poisonous drugs is an unfortunate but not unexpected next step in the opioid overdose crisis, and should be a wakeup call to our Albany legislators that decisive action must happen now. Children are dying,” said District Attorney Tierney. “I urge every New Yorker to contact your legislators and demand that they address this crisis.”

The incident occurred on January 3, 2024, when Suffolk County Police responded to a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child at the couple’s residence. Upon arrival, law enforcement discovered Adonis, Leibrock, and their unresponsive toddler in the bedroom. Unfortunately, the child was pronounced dead upon arrival at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Suffolk County Homicide Squad detectives initiated an investigation and found narcotics in the bedroom where the child was discovered. As a result, members of the Suffolk County Narcotics Section were called in to assist. A subsequent search of the defendants’ apartment led to the discovery of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, alprazolam, drug packaging materials, digital scales, an electronic stun gun, a loaded shotgun, and a rifle. These items were allegedly unsecured and easily accessible to the couple’s children.

Furthermore, Leibrock was subject to Suffolk County Family Court orders of protection that prohibited her from being around the children or possessing illegal drugs that posed a risk to their well-being. These orders were allegedly violated.

While the investigation into the toddler’s death is ongoing, preliminary toxicology results revealed the presence of multiple substances, including cocaine, fentanyl, morphine, 4-anpp, norfentanyl, and benzoylecgonine, in the child’s blood.

At the time of their arrests, Adonis and Leibrock had open warrants for failure to appear in Suffolk County First District Court on misdemeanor charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The indictment against Adonis includes charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Failure to Safely Store Rifles, Shotguns, and Firearms, among others. Leibrock faces similar charges, including Criminal Contempt for violating the orders of protection.

During their arraignment on January 25, 2024, Acting Supreme Court Justice Philip Goglas ordered Leibrock to be held on a significant bail amount, while Adonis was granted supervised release. However, Adonis remains in jail due to a prior open case of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The defendants are scheduled to appear in court on February 29, 2024, with Leibrock represented by Steve Fondulis, Esq., and Adonis represented by Matthew Tuohy, Esq.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Archer is prosecuting the case, with support from detectives of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Narcotics Section and Homicide Squad.


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Important: This story is categorized as a crime story and thus it is important to note that charges are accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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