Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Seffner man accused of killing quadriplegic girlfriend with prescription drugs

SEFFNER — A Tampa man administered a lethal dosage of prescription medication to his quadriplegic girlfriend, authorities said, causing her death.

Timothy Harrison, 53, was arrested at his Tampa home Friday evening on charges of felony murder and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult in connection with the Jan. 27 death of his 59-year-old girlfriend, Mary Baker.

About 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about a sick person at 11213 Hobart Court in Seffner, Baker's home. Baker was pronounced dead about 2 p.m. Harrison was at the scene, the Sheriff's Office said, and told deputies he was Baker's boyfriend and caretaker, and he was in charge of giving Baker her medication.

An autopsy was performed on Baker the next day, but a toxicology test was needed to determine the cause of death. The tests later showed extremely high levels of the antidepressants fluoxetine and bupropion in Baker's system, the Sheriff's Office said. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office determined Baker's death was caused by prescription medication toxicity.

Harrison is a registered sex offender, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show, for a 1992 conviction in California. He has not been convicted of crime in Florida before, according to state records, and this is his first arrest for a violent crime. Tampa police arrested him in March for failure of a sex offender to report, according to state records, but that charge was dropped.

Will Hobson can be reached at (813) 226-3400 or [email protected]

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