ST. ROBERT, Mo. (AP) A southwest Missouri man is charged with second-degree murder after his niece overdosed on heroin.

Pulaski County authorities say 45-year-old Joseph James Fraley of St. Robert was jailed on $250,000 bond in the death of 32-year-old Melanie Fraley.

KY3-TV reports  investigators allege Joseph Fraley gave his niece heroin two hours before she was found unconscious at a home in St. Robert Saturday evening. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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