VALRICO — Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators found marijuana and several pills in the home of two children who perished after they were brought to a Brandon hospital with deadly fevers.
On Aug. 13, Michael Jon Ervin Jr. brought his unresponsive children, Kaden Warren, 5 months, and his sister, Dionna Ervin, 17 months, to Brandon Regional Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
Doctors said the children had dangerously high core temperatures.
Ervin had been watching the children while their mother, Enidlin Warren, worked, sheriff's officials said. He told investigators both kids had been in a crib or bassinet before he found them unresponsive.
Detectives pushed for more details on the day of their deaths, and Ervin and other family members became less cooperative, sheriff's officials said.
Rika Watson, Ervin's aunt, has said the family has been cooperating.
Investigators confiscated the family car and searched the home at 3807 Ridgeview Place in Valrico.
An affidavit for a search warrant filed Thursday notes that they found marijuana on a television; two white and orange capsules and a small plastic bag with two white pills in the living room; a plastic container with seeds and marijuana in a bedroom; a blue pill on the floor of the bedroom and red, white and blue capsules in a linen closet. The report did not list what type of pills were confiscated.
State records show that both parents have been arrested before but neither has been convicted. In 2003, Ervin was picked up on a marijuana possession charge but the case was dropped, according to court records.
Detectives have not charged Ervin or Warren in the cases, which remain classified as "death" investigations, sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said. He could not release more details because the investigations remained active.
Detectives also confiscated several baby items from the house, including Dora the Explorer sheets and blankets, a baby bathrobe, formula and a diaper.
A woman at the Ervin home declined to comment Friday.
Justin George can be reached at (813) 226-3368 or jgeorge@s ptimes.com.