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Newton man charged with involuntary manslaughter in drug overdose

Confession, arrest made nearly three years later

Published: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 8:17 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 10:54 a.m. CST

Nearly three years after a 25-year-old Kellogg woman died of an apparent drug overdose, a Newton man is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with her death.

Ross R. Wadzinski, 30, recently confessed to Newton police that when Samantha Raper couldn't inject Oxycodone tablets herself, he did it because she asked him to.

The incident happened Jan. 17, 2015 when police were called to 730 W. 12th St. S. At that time, Wadzinski told police he had been using narcotics with Raper but she had bought and injected the pills herself.

Wadzinksi told police he fell asleep and woke up around 2 a.m. and discovered Raper was not breathing. An autopsy report showed a large amount of Oxycodone in Raper's system.

Wadzinksi has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a C felony and involuntary manslaughter, a D felony. He was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or ksingletary@newtondailynews.com