Dover Woman Found Guilty After Injecting Father with Heroin

Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties are all experiencing the effects of the opioids crisis in distinct ways, and the battle is becoming increasingly public.

A woman accused of injecting her father with heroin before he died in an Ocean City hotel has been convicted of manslaughter, according to the state's attorney's office.

On Wednesday, Justeen Nichole Whittaker, 29, of Dover was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of her father after she confessed to injecting him with heroin that later killed him.

On October 24th, 2017, the Ocean City Police Department responded to room 308 of the Americana Hotel after receiving reports of a man suffering from cardiac arrest. Investigators found items indicative of heroin consumption and learned he shared the room with his daughter.

During an interview with detectives, the state's attorney's office said Justeen Whittaker admitted to injecting her father with heroin after he asked her to because he was too intoxicated to do it himself.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland performed an autopsy, where they said they believed that Whittaker had in fact died from a fentanyl overdose.

Maryland Circuit Court Judge Thomas C. Groton III sentenced Justeen Whittaker to 10 years suspend all but three years in the Department of Corrections with two years of supervised probation to follow her release.