Woman arrested after former patient dies of overdose

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By Staff Report

A woman has been arrested in Tampa, Fla., after an autopsy determined her former patient died of an overdose in 2017.

According to a Leland Police Department news release, U.S. Marshals arrested Sarah Cameron on Wednesday morning, April 3, in Florida after a Brunswick County Grand Jury indicted her on April 1 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of patient abuse and neglect, delivering a schedule III controlled substance, delivering a schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.

According to the release Buren Harrelson, 47, was found dead at his home in the Brunswick Point apartment homes in Leland on Aug. 4, 2017. Harrelson had previously been diagnosed with infantile cerebral palsy, spastic quadriparesis, mixed athetosis and congenital deformity of the hip, which required a high level of health care for his daily functions. Cameron was responsible for Harrelson at the time of his death, according to the release.

The Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office is currently seeking extradition to have Cameron brought back to Brunswick County.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Buren was born on June 22, 1970, to Lawrence Buren Harrelson and Vickie Lewis Harrelson of Leland. He was a 1989 graduate of North Brunswick High School, received his associate degree at Brunswick Community College and his bachelor’s degree at St. Andrews University. At the time of his death Harrelson had been a Walmart employee for 10 years.