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Coroner: Foster father died of drug overdose
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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office released the cause of death for the foster father who police say killed a 16-month-old girl in his care.

The coroner says Joaquin Juarez-Paez, 37, died from hydrocodone overdose and the manner of death was ruled a suicide. Hydrocodone is a common pain killer.

Juarez-Paez's wife found him unresponsive in a car outside their apartment in October. When she ran inside the apartment to get the keys to the car, she found the 16-month-old child, Michell Momox-Caselis dead in her crib, according to police.

The couple had recently become a foster family to Michell and another child.

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