Who was Tiffany Spears? Tennessee mom dies of overdose leaving son, 1, to die
PORTLAND, TENNESSEE: A 15-month-old boy whose body was found strapped in his car seat inside his Tennessee home died of starvation and dehydration after his mother overdosed on meth and fentanyl, according to the latest autopsy report.
On February 9, 2021, Tiffany Spears, 32, and her 15-month-old son, Nicholas Crowder, were found dead inside their Portland home, northeast of Nashville. The results of their autopsies were only released on Monday, June 14, the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said. The medical examiner, who ruled both deaths an accident, said Spears had been dead for several days after the death of a drug overdose.
Earlier this year, we reported that a Kentucky mom Lauren Ashley Baker, 33, accidentally murdered her 2-year-old son with fentanyl bought with the stimulus check. We also reported another bizarre incident when a North Carolina mom got arrested after she gave her 14-year-old daughter a heroin-fentanyl-meth cocktail, after which she died.
It is not clear how long Crowder had been dead before both the bodies were discovered. His cause of death was determined to be the result of starvation and dehydration. His 3-year-old sister, who was found alive in the house, seemed to have tried to care for him before his death. The medical examiner has stated that food, including dried eggs and eggshells, were found in and around his car seat.
Authorities were first informed after an officer went to the home on February 9 and found it locked. The probation officer called 911 after she looked through the window and saw Spears was seen lying on the bathroom floor and the little girl running around the home. Crowder was found strapped in his car seat on the floor of a bedroom.
The little girl was taken to the hospital for treatment. Autopsy reports later confirmed that Spears had died of a drug overdose. Her toxicology report states that she had signs of meth and fentanyl in her system. Deputies said there were no clues to indicate foul play.
Now, the Sumner County Sheriff's Office is trying to uncover more information to build a timeline of events and determine when the last known contact was made with Spears. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Detective Lance Hampton at 615-442-1849.