8-month-old girl dies with fentanyl in her system. How did this happen?
Even minimum fentanyl dosage can be fatal
In a shocking news, the parents of an eight-month-old girl who had died last week in Coventry, Rhode Island have been charged with felony neglect after police report claimed that opioid fentanyl was found in the infant's system.
Authorities had received a 911 call on November 19 at 6am in the morning about an unresponsive infant named Mia Dorothy Gilchrist, Coventry Police told the press on Wednesday. They took the child to an area hospital, where she was declared dead. However, the cause of the child's death is still unclear, according to police.
No further details were revealed and initial investigations are indicative of criminal neglect to be the cause of the infant's death.
According to WPRI-TV report, the police affidavit stated that the child had fentanyl—a powerful synthetic drug, in her system. Parents Steven Gilchrist and Jocelyn Belmore, both 32, were arrested on Tuesday and charged with one felony count each of cruelty and neglect of the child.
The parents have been scheduled to be put on trial at the Kent County courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.
Furthermore, police said that they found three prescription bottles on a nightstand where the baby’s diapers were stored. Inside, the police found half-burnt marijuana cigarettes and Suboxone—a medicine used for treating opioid addiction. Additionally, two beer cans were found on plastic drawers at the foot of the parents’ bed, according to the detectives, alongside dog feces was found inside the home.
For the uninformed, Fentanyl doses amounting to even a minimum of 0.25 mg can prove to be fatal.
Highly addictive, fentanyl impacts the brain’s reward center and not surprisingly, even under medical supervision, addiction and dependency can develop.
When 'cut' with other street drugs and heroin, fentanyl is called 'magic' or 'bomb' which, on overdose, can lead to coma, respiratory arrest, and overdose behaviors. Gaining rapid popularity among drug users in US and UK, it is difficult to recognize Fentanyl from cocaine or heroin.
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