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Arrest report details events surrounding death of 3-year-old

Boy died after being found unresponsive in Jacksonville Beach home

Police investigate Tuesday night on Republic Drive.
Police investigate Tuesday night on Republic Drive. (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A day after News4Jax learned that a mother is under investigation following the death of her young son, an arrest report revealed new details about what happened Tuesday night.

Amy Oliver, 46, was arrested after her son was found unresponsive on the floor of a bedroom on Republic Drive in Jacksonville Beach. Her son, who court records show was 3, later died, and News4Jax learned that Oliver is considered a suspect in his death.

Court records show the child was at the center of a custody dispute between his parents.

According to an arrest report, Jacksonville Beach police responded around 5 p.m. Tuesday to assist the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department at the home after the child’s father called for help, saying the child was not breathing and he was attempting CPR.

After they found the child in the bedroom and took him to a hospital, where he died, they found Oliver had locked herself in a bathroom and refused to come out, according to the arrest report.

The arrest report said the father of the child forced the door open and JFRD personnel entered and found Oliver holding an uncapped syringe. Oliver then lunged toward a JFRD member in his full uniform, “making a stabbing motion with the syringe,” the report said.

After officers were able to place Oliver into custody and paramedics tended to her self-inflicted wounds, she was taken to Memorial Hospital, the report shows. Police also said they found a purse lying on the floor of the bathroom of the home and a controlled substance was eventually found inside the bag. The report said there were no prescription bottles inside the purse and no other indication the pills were prescribed to her by a doctor.

Oliver is charged with aggravated assault on an emergency care provider and possession of a controlled substance.

Once Oliver was medically cleared, she was taken to the Duval County jail and booked. She is being held on $150,000 bond.

Oliver is not charged with the 3-year-old’s death.


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