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Man Accused Of Dealing Deadly Morphine Dose To Daughter

Posted On September 22, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Victor G. Sierlecki. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A Wisconsin man has been arrested for the fatal overdose of his daughter in Dearborn County last year.

Victor G. Sierlecki, 67, of Watertown, Wisconsin, was charged here on July 13 with Reckless Homicide (level 5 felony) and two counts of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (level 5 felony). He was booked into jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, September 21.

According to a court affidavit, Sierlecki was visiting his daughter, Lisa Hutchins, at a home on Sugar Ridge Lane on November 17, 2016. Deputies were called to the home that morning and found Hutchins’ husband performing CPR on her.

Hutchins was transported to Dearborn County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Deputies questioned Sierlecki, who allegedly said that he gave his daughter a 60mg tablet of morphine after she had asked him for medication. He later gave her a second morphine tablet and a 5mg tablet of oxycodone.

Police searched the hotel room where Sierlecki was staying. They located bottles of oxycodone and morphine prescribed to Sierlecki.

A toxicology test by a Dearborn County Hospital pathologist determined that Hutchins had died of a drug overdose. Benzodiazepines, morphine, and hydrocodone were in her system. The level of morphine was above therapeutic levels, according to the pathologist’s report.