Man charged with manslaughter in death of pregnant girlfriend
SARASOTA- A Sarasota man faces manslaughter charges for allegedly providing his nine months pregnant girlfriend with fentanyl leading to the death of her and her unborn son.
23-year-old Casey Swart is charged with manslaughter and killing an unborn child.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking,” Judge said. “This woman was pregnant, she was nine months pregnant, she was about to have a baby, and not only has her life been taken but her unborn child’s life has been taken.”
On Monday, Officers responded to the 300 block of Osprey Avenue and began CPR on a 23-year-old unconscious pregnant woman. According to police, Swart was pacing in the living room.
“He was on scene when we arrived,” Judge said. “When we came up he was saying things like ‘I’ve gone too far, oh my god, I’ve gone too far.”
“When I came up the officers and stuff were holding me back,” Capen said. “Because I was a mess, I was trying to get in the house, I just wanted to know if her and the baby were ok.”
The victims roommate Amanda Capen says she knew immediately it wasn’t good.
“They had a guy on top of her doing compressions,” Capen said. “And every time they did a compression you could see the baby moving up and down, every time he pushed down.”
The victim and her unborn son were pronounced dead at the hospital. Sarasota Police say preliminary reportsshow she died from a medical episode brought on by fentanyl.
“From what we’ve been able to tell at this point,” Judge said. “He provided his girlfriend and the mother of his unborn child with narcotics, one of them being fentanyl. And we believe as a result of that fentanyl being provided to her that it resulted in her death.”
Capen says both Swart and the victim are recovering addicts.
“Everyone has their own choice,” Capen said. “She had the choice to do it or not to do it, even if he did bring it here and give it to her, she always had that choice, I don’t want to do this, I can’t do this, I have a baby inside of me.”
Capen feels like she’s lost a piece of her family.
“There shouldn’t be a side to pick,” Capen said. “It’s a messed up situation, he did wrong, she did wrong, and in that result it costed an innocent life and a baby’s life.”
Swart is being held at the Sarasota County Jail on one million dollars bond.