Warrant details what led to Danbury woman overdose and charges against relative


DANBURY – The town woman indicted earlier this month in a fatal overdose last summer was a relative of the victim, according to the arrest warrant against her.

Susan Quinn, 35, faces reckless second-degree endangerment and controlled substance possession charges after police say she contributed to the death of her 22-year-old cousin Jada Mourning, earlier this year.

Quinn was arrested on December 8, following a months-long investigation launched when police responded to an untimely death at Quinn’s residence on July 3.

Officers found Mourning deceased in a bedroom in the house and were told that Quinn, Mourning and Quinn’s friend had been the only ones at the house the night before.

Quinn admitted to having a history of drug abuse but “denied any involvement with illegal substances,” police said.

According to the arrest warrant, Quinn told officers at the scene that she and Mourning only drank during the last hours of July 2 until the early morning hours of July 3.

Two days later, however – after she and her friend were arrested for possession of heroin / fentanyl on Main Street – police said in the warrant that Quinn had revealed she had not told the truth about the recent death of his cousin.

Quinn told police the friend was staying at her house the night of July 2, and Quinn invited Mourning to come as well after Mourning contacted her, asking her to get heroin that evening.

Quinn said she alone had gone to Waterbury to buy some that night, and Mourning and the friend were both at her house when she returned around 11pm.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Mourning asked Quinn for the drugs upon her return and Quinn told her that she “didn’t need them, but if she was going to use it, she would have to do it with her. gift”.

Quinn told police Mourning kept pushing her to “get high” and they argued about it, but all they did was drink and said she didn’t had never given the drugs to Mourning.

Quinn said she last saw her cousin alive around 4 a.m. when Mourning and the friend went to bed. She told police she believed Mourning took the heroin / fentanyl bag from her bedroom after they all fell asleep.

The medical examiner’s office determined that Mourning died of acute poisoning due to the combined effects of several substances, one of which was fentanyl, police said. The mode of death was considered accidental.

Through interviews and the review of electronic evidence, police said they determined Quinn was involved in Mourning’s death and obtained an arrest warrant for her in November.

After her arrest on December 8, Quinn was released on a promise to appear in court on January 7.

Possession of a controlled substance is a Class A offense and reckless second-degree endangerment is a Class B offense.

A former student of Danbury Schools, Deuil was both a certified nursing assistant and a certified EMT who was on track to become a registered nurse, according to her obituary.


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