Man Held In His Wife's Drug Death

Posted: August 12, 1999

A Collingswood man accused of supplying the illegal drugs that killed his wife was arraigned yesterday in Camden County Superior Court.

William Haines, 44, of the first block of Garfield Avenue, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of strict liability for drug-induced death, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was being held in the Camden County Jail after failing to post $70,000 bail.

According to investigators, Haines bought four bags of heroin on June 22 and shared the drugs with his wife, Robin Haines, 32. A short time later, Haines found his wife unresponsive on the bed, police said. She was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, where she was pronounced dead at 8:58 p.m. An autopsy revealed she had died from an adverse reaction to illegal drugs.

Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon said three young children were in the house when the drugs were being taken. He said the Haines' 10-month-old daughter was now being cared for by a sister of William Haines'. The other children, 10 and 12, are the children of Robin Haines from a previous marriage and were in the custody of their biological father.

Solomon said the drug-induced death charge is a first-degree crime with a penalty of up to 20 years in state prison.

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