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Woman charged in overdose death returned to Lee County

By Staff | Oct 3, 2009

A former Cape Coral Hope Hospice nurse was returned to Lee County Friday morning and is currently in custody at the Lee County Jail.
Tenee Goldsberry, 25, of 701 N.W. 17th Place, also known as Tenee Mondragon, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Abbie Crawford, 34, of Lehigh Acres.
Goldsberry had been taken into custody by a U.S. Marshall on Sept. 16 in High Point, North Carolina following the local death.
According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office officials, Crawford was found unresponsive in her Lehigh Acres home at approximately 2:27 a.m. July 12 and was rushed to the hospital, where she later died of acute morphine toxicity.
An investigation by the Lee County Major Crimes Unit spanning two months revealed Goldsberry was working July 11 at Cape Coral Hope Hospice and illegally supplied Crawford, who was not a patient at the time, with the morphine the same night, officials said.
Crawford died within hours of injecting the drugs, police said.
Hope Hospice was informed of the incident and has cooperated with police investigations, according to police. Goldsberry has not been in contact with patients or associated with patient care since Hope Hospice became aware of the investigation.
According to Lee County Sheriff Official, Goldsberry may make her first appearance in court today.