NASSAU COUNTY, Florida (FloridaToday.news) — A teenage mother was arrested Tuesday after Florida police said she put what she thought was cocaine in her baby’s bottle, but it turned out to be fentanyl. who killed the child.
On June 26, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the residence to report on a boy who had no pulse and was not breathing. The baby was taken to Northern Baptist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Florida mother accused of killing child after conflicting claims, deputies say
According to the arrest report, the 17-year-old mother “first lied” to MPs about the events leading up to the death of her 9-month-old baby and said she didn’t know what happened.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leaper said autopsy results showed the boy had enough fentanyl in his system to kill about 10 people.
After receiving the results, investigators called the mother in for questioning on Tuesday to ask what had happened, but deputies said “several inconsistencies in her statement turned out to be false” and she ultimately confessed to what happened.
On the day the baby died, the mother was tired and wanted to take a nap, so she gave the baby a bottle, Liper said.
“However, it is not normal for a mother to put her baby in a bottle to make him sleep,” Leaper said.
Leeper said the mother went to the bathroom and found a bottle of pills that she thought was cocaine and put it in the bottle. However, according to the police, it was actually fentanyl.
“He had to crawl, he had to laugh, and most importantly, he had to be safe. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen,” Leeper said.
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The 17-year-old was arrested for aggravated manslaughter and possession of controlled substances, the sheriff said. He added that while the mother was in prison, she notified officials that she had not had her period in a long time and that she might become pregnant again.
The NCSO is not currently identifying the young mother. The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the case. The NCSO is also investigating.