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California mother arrested after toddler dies from fentanyl overdose

A California mother has been accused of kid endangerment after her 3-year-old son died from a fentanyl overdose earlier this year, police said Thursday.

On May 4, police obtained a name about an unresponsive youngster who was turning blue and never inhaling a San Luis Obispo residence. The fireplace division started life-saving efforts and took the kid to the hospital, however he by no means regained consciousness and was pronounced lifeless that night.

San Luis Obispo police launched an investigation into the kid’s loss of life and carried out a toxicology report. The outcomes, which arrived in mid-June, indicated that the kid had a excessive stage of fentanyl in his system, the police report mentioned.

Police mentioned they realized that the boy’s mother, 30-year-old Jennifer Mae Niemann, was the boy’s main caregiver and was current when he died. After a months-long investigation, police decided that her “actions allowed access to fentanyl which directly led to the child’s death,” the report mentioned.

Authorities haven’t but specified how the kid got here to ingest the unlawful substance.

On Nov. 8, police situated Niemann in San Diego and took her into custody. 

She was taken again to San Luis Obispo and booked into the county jail below 4 fees — youngster endangerment with nice bodily damage, enhancement for inflicting nice bodily damage throughout a fee of a felony, possession of a managed substance (methamphetamine) and possession of a managed substance (fentanyl).

Niemann’s bail is about at $505,000 in response to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies fentanyl as an artificial opioid used for treating extreme ache — sometimes in most cancers sufferers. It is 50 to 100 occasions stronger than morphine.

Recent circumstances of fentanyl overdoses are almost definitely the results of illegally-made variations of the opioid, which promote within the unlawful drug market, the CDC mentioned. It is commonly combined with heroin or cocaine, generally with out the consumer’s information, to “increase its euphoric effects,” in response to the company.

Deaths from illegally made fentanyl are on the rise — in 2020, there have been 18 occasions extra deaths from illegally-made-opioids than in 2013, the CDC experiences.

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