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March 18, 2014

Boyfriend charged in suspected drug death

He allegedly told police an adult helped but never called 911


If the other girl's grandmother was at the house, there hasn't been any information provided that would result in charges against her, said Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott. He doesn't know at this point what she knew, if anything, about why Moses was ill. McDermott also said he isn't aware of a criminal charge that can be filed against someone who doesn't seek medical care for a person having a bad reaction to drugs.

Police suspect Moses was the second Mankato person to die as a result of using the powder. Police found a small blue plastic bag with gold crowns on it while investigating Moses' death. They suspect the drug she used had been in the bag.

Another bag that looked exactly like the one at Moses' house was found at the Glenwood Avenue apartment where Louis Folson, 22, lived. He was found dead after someone at his apartment called 911 at about 5:30 p.m. March 5 to report Folson had taken a powder substance and was going into convulsions.

A 30-year-old Mankato man, James Luke Inman, is accused of providing the drug to Folson. Inman allegedly told police he obtained the drug from Tyler Anthony Caputo, 21, and Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider, 19, both of Mankato. Caputo and Reichel-Schneider also are accused of providing the drug, known as 2C-E or Smiles, to the 15-year-old boy, McDermott said.

The same drug has resulted in deadly reactions for others who have used it, including a teen who used the drug during a party in Blaine in 2011. The man who provided the drug to that person and several others who became ill at the party was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a murder charge.

Hafner was interviewed by police March 11. The other girl, who is only identified by initials in the complaint, had been interviewed by investigators on March 10, the same day Chloe Moses died. She told them she had stayed with Moses for about 45 minutes to comfort her. Moses was sleeping on the floor when she left and everything seemed normal, she reported. The portion of the complaint describing the girl's interview with investigators on March 10 did not mention her grandmother.

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