In Florida, a 9-month-old baby boy died when his teenage mother allegedly mixed his formula with fentanyl. The distressing event took place in Callahan on June 26, where the baby was found unresponsive and without a pulse. Despite efforts to revive him, the child later passed away at a hospital in Jacksonville. The case has since taken a disturbing turn as the mother’s initial claims of innocence have been contradicted by subsequent interviews and an autopsy report.
According to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, the 17-year-old mother initially denied any knowledge of what had happened to her baby. However, as investigators conducted further interviews over the following weeks, her story began to change. Eventually, an autopsy revealed that the child had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his system, enough to kill ten people. During a recent interview, the mother confessed that she was tired and wanted to take a nap on the day of the baby’s death. She admitted to filling a bottle with what she believed to be cocaine, but it turned out to be fentanyl.
Sheriff Leeper expressed his horror and disbelief during a press conference, questioning the mother’s actions.
The mother, whose identity is being withheld, now faces charges of aggravated manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance. The case is currently under investigation by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. The Florida Department of Children and Families is also actively investigating the case.
The synthetic opioid, which is significantly more potent than heroin, has been responsible for a surge in overdose deaths across the United States. Its presence in street drugs poses a grave risk to unsuspecting users.
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