Authorities reported that a man was taken into custody in Phoenix on Monday after a teenage girl passed away at a gas station due to consuming drugs he supplied.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, at approximately 3:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to a gas station located at 27th and Northern avenue for a welfare check request.
Officers reported, upon their arrival, they discovered 17-year-old Morning Gorman unconscious in a car with a man and two other teenage girls.
Gorman was transported to a medical facility where she passed away.
According to the investigation, when police arrived on scene, Richmond Sam, 48, was found in the car. He had had picked up the teenage girls from a park and he provided them with drugs to consume.
At the gas station, Gorman suddenly became unresponsive and the two girls inside the car immediately called out for assistance.
In an interview with investigators, Sam confessed to supplying the drugs to the group of teenagers.
Sam was arrested and taken to jail for various offenses, which included manslaughter, child abuse, and providing drugs to a minor.
The investigation is still underway, no additional information has been provided. His bond was set at $500,000.