"Dirty Sprite" death: Pauviera Linson, 14, found dead after drinking codeine cocktail

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Jacob Sawyer, left, and Robert Kibble were arrested for allegedly giving a 14-year-old girl a fatal dose of "purple drank."
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In what may be the area's first known codeine cocktail death, Pauviera Linson, a 14-year-old St. Paul girl, was found dead Monday morning, hours after she drank so-called "purple drank" or "dirty Sprite" at a Burnsville birthday party.

Two men -- Jacob Sawyer, 19, and birthday boy Robert Kibble, 25 -- were arrested in connection with Linson's death and remain in custody. Charges against the men still hadn't been filed as of late Thursday morning, but prosecutors are in the process of reviewing the case, St. Paul police spokesman Paul Paulos told City Pages.

Police say Linson and two other girls -- one 17, the other 12 -- were given marijuana, booze, and dirty Sprite at the party. They were taken back to St. Paul around 9 p.m. after Pauviera's mother texted her daughter and told her to come home. Since Linson's mother was in the process of moving into a new house, Pauviera was staying at an aunt's place. Around 9:25, she texted her mother and said: "I love you."

The Star Tribune provides details about what happened next:
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Pauviera Linson
Linson sat on her cousin Gerald Phillips' bed. Her eyes were red, her eyelids droopy. He told her to lie down, that she and her friend could sleep in his bed because he'd be gone overnight. When he returned Monday morning, he knew something wasn't right.

He reached out and touched his cousin, the friend still asleep. [Vomit was visible in Pauviera's mouth, Phillips told police.] "She was cold, and I knew," said Phillips, 18.

He ran out of the house, so frantic in his 911 call that neighbors had to step in and make separate calls to summon help. The friend was close behind, vomiting in the yard before she was whisked away to the hospital, where she was treated and released.
Pauviera's mother, Makiesha Johnson, told the Strib her daughter would've been a sophomore this fall at North High in North St. Paul. She aspired to be a fashion designer.

"It's a bad dream," Johnson said. "When am I going to wake up?"

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15 comments
Bunny6
Bunny6

This girl went to the same school as me. She will be missed very much. People, please show this to yours kids! Kids my age (15-18) don't understand that this could be them if they aren't careful.

anita_hollman044
anita_hollman044

JESUS, PLEASE HELP US, WE NEED YOU, SHOW US THE WAY, PLEASE GIVE US THE DIRECTION, LET US NOT BLAME, PLEASE HELP US RECIEVE, IN JESUS NAME. AMEN.

bikerbda1
bikerbda1

Why did they get these girls drunk and leave them in their apartment while they left for the night, it makes no sense.  The girls are 12 and 14 and partying with a 25 year old birthday boy-what was his gift supposed to be? More will come to light on the arrest of these men and the charges will go from manslaughter to an array of heavier charges. 

Patrick G. Erhardt
Patrick G. Erhardt

David, you're so far off base I think your head might be up your own ass.

Maxx Ruth
Maxx Ruth

that lean aint no joke...very sad

Jen Glywasky
Jen Glywasky

@Dan M- Very sad story and not a good choice at all. I imagine that when teenagers do this, it has more to do with immaturity, rather than lack of intelligence, coupled with the "It won't happen to me" mentality.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Assuming they were "partying" and there was no malicious intent, what kind of idiot mixes codeine with sprite? And then what sort of idiot gives that to a 14 year old?

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

So sad. My nieces went to Ramsey with her a few years back. She was practically a child. These days being a parent requires detective skills. Know where your child is at and who they are with at all times. Be THAT parent.

Rheannon Busse
Rheannon Busse

Sounds like a drink "Bennett" would indulge in ;)

Skarlett Gabriela
Skarlett Gabriela

why was a 25 year old partying w 12 & 14 year olds!?!? Sad story!

Melissa Kuschill
Melissa Kuschill

That is really sad that they would give this young girl a deadly drink like that! what is this world coming to??

mekaiella123
mekaiella123

 @kenny1 Thats like saying all black people should be gone because majority of them are like that. If you arent paying your respects to my dear old friends please dont comment negatively.

Bunny6
Bunny6

@mekaiella123 @kenny1 Nothing in Kenny's comment was even remotely related to black people. The term ghetto is wrongly associated with African Americans far too much in America. I think what he meant to say was that 25 year old men obviously shouldn't be partying with 14 year old girls, and the ones that do--particularly when it leads to a result as serious as this--should be brought to justice.

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