Corbin Douglas Faces Federal Charges Related To Son's Death

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 7, 2007 at 12:17 AM EDT

Corbin Douglas Senior of Morris, in handcuffs, is led to his arraignment at the federal courthouse in Binghamton.

For the second time, he's facing charges for the drug overdose death of his 14 month old son, Corbin Douglas Junior.

"Tragically, so often we deal with these cases where children or infants die and there's really no one to speak for those kids, and that's what the criminal justice system is really here for and that's our job," says Captain Mark Lester of New York State Police.

In February 2005, police say Douglas put morphine in his son's bottle to quiet him.

An autopsy showed the drug killed the toddler.

During a trial in Otsego County, Douglas was found not guilty on state murder and manslaughter charges.

But, FBI and State Police investigators say there's enough evidence to bring federal charges against him.

Douglas is now charged with distributing several drugs including heroin, oxycodone, and morphine.

Plus, distributing drugs to a minor, and distributing drugs that resulted in death.

If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Corbin Douglas Junior's grandfather tells Action News these new charges come as a huge relief to the family.

He says the family will be in the courtroom if there's a trial because they believe Douglas Senior is still responsible for his son's death.

Douglas pled not guilty to all charges.

He's in federal custody until his next court date.

Douglas has been in the Otsego County Jail since December on drunk driving charges.

It's the 4th time he's been arrested for drunk driving.

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