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Churchville boy, 10, died of fentanyl overdose; mother, boyfriend arraigned

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Judge John DeMarco unsealed the indictment Thursday afternoon and charged both Dolfona Grayson and Walter Morse with felony second-degree manslaughter. (Photos: MCSO)

Rochester/Churchville, N.Y. (WHAM) - A man and woman from Churchville were arraigned Thursday afternoon after an unsealed indictment charged them with manslaughter in the death of a ten-year-old boy back in June.

On June 12, Monroe County Sheriff's deputies say J’Vieon Grayson-Sutton was found unconscious by his 6-year-old brother around 9:30 p.m. This happened on Fitch Street in Churchville.

The six-year-old went to a neighbor on Fitch Street, who called 911 and gave J’Vieon CPR. The boy was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he died the next afternoon.

Judge John DeMarco unsealed the indictment Thursday afternoon and charged both Dolfona Grayson and Walter Morse with felony second-degree manslaughter.

The defense attorney for Grayson, J'Vieon's mother, said she was working at her job as a CNA when her son ingested the fentanyl. Prosecutors say Morse, the mother's boyfriend, was supposed to be home with J’Vieon and his brother, but he left them alone for at least an hour.

Morse is accused of leaving the fentanyl that killed J’Vieon in the Churchville apartment.

Morse was also arraigned on 14 other criminal charges, including one count of attempted murder 1st, one count of assault 2nd, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon 2nd, six counts of criminal use of drug paraphrenalia 2nd, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell 5th, and two counts of criminal possession of a narcotic drug 3rd.

The attempted murder charge stems from an incident on October 19 during which Morse allegedly shot the biological father of J’Vieon in an attempt to prevent him from being a witness in J’Vieon’s case. The boy's father survived the shooting.

Grayson was released on electronic monitoring.

13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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