Woman who injected dad with heroin guilty of manslaughter

Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties are all experiencing the effects of the opioids crisis in distinct ways, and the battle is becoming increasingly public.

A DE woman has been convicted of injecting her father with heroin before he died in a Maryland hotel room.

On Wednesday, Justeen Nichole Whittaker, 29, of Dover was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of her father after she confessed to injecting him with heroin that later killed him. The office said Ocean City Police responded to the Americana Hotel where they found Nathaniel Whittaker, 50 of Dover, lying on the bed following reports of cardiac arrest. CPR and other life-saving efforts were attempted, but he was ultimately pronounced dead on scene. Investigators found items indicative of heroin consumption and learned he shared the room with his daughter.

Twenty-nine-year-old Whittaker was sentenced to eight years in the Department of Corrections with all but three years suspended, and two and a half years of supervised probation following her release.

Justeen Whittaker was interviewed by the authorities and ultimately confessed to injecting her father with heroin at his request, as he was too intoxicated to inject himself. The forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy determined he died of a fentanyl overdose. "The community needs to know, that as quickly as heroin can steal a life, this Office will seek to take your freedom if you knowingly deal, distribute or administer drugs and it results in someone's death".

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