California Parents Arrested After 2-Year-Old Son’s Fentanyl Overdose

California Parents Arrested After 2-Year-Old Son’s Fentanyl Overdose
An ambulance outside the Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., in January 2021. (Google Maps/Screenshot via NTD)

A couple was arrested for child endangerment after their 2-year-old son was poisoned by ingesting fentanyl on Oct. 17, in Concow, California.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the parents took the child to a fire station in Concow, saying he ingested an unknown substance while under someone else’s supervision.

“The child was acting lethargic and showing symptoms of opioid poisoning,” the office said.

The Enloe Medical Center in nearby Chico sent a helicopter to Concow. The toddler was given the overdose medication naloxone, to which he responded, and then taken to the medical center.

Police obtained a search warrant and searched a trailer in which they believe the child had ingested fentanyl. They found methamphetamine in the parents’ home and fentanyl in their vehicle.

The parents were arrested on charges of child neglect and possession of a controlled substance.

Also on Oct. 17, three children, ages 9, 11, and 16, who were listed as missing in San Joaquin County last week, were found surrounded by methamphetamine and other drugs, authorities said.

Citing “substantial danger to the physical and emotional health,” the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office launched a search for the children after their mother failed to turn them over to officials in Stockton after a court order, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Deputies pulled over a vehicle with the father and another woman inside on Oct. 17 in Stockton and arrested them. Later that day, deputies found the three children inside a Lathrop home along with their mother, who also was arrested, officials said.

The children’s father and mother face charges of child abduction, child abuse, and disobeying a court order, the office said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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