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Three Mothers Charged as Three 2-Year-Olds Overdose on Fentanyl in Separate Albuquerque Incidents, Just Days Apart

Albuquerque, New Mexico has witnessed a concerning and hazardous trend where multiple parents are facing charges after their 2-year-old children overdosed on fentanyl.

One such case involves Jessica Garcia, a 36-year-old mother who was charged in early June 2023 after her 2-year-old son suffered a fentanyl overdose and required CPR to be revived, as reported by KOAT 7. During the investigation, authorities discovered a blue pill and several pieces of foil with black residue, according to a criminal complaint. Medical records further revealed that the child was exposed to illicit substances at birth.

The toddler has also exhibited developmental delays, poor coordination, and frequent falls. Garcia, along with her adult daughter, reportedly failed to appear for multiple drug tests. Consequently, Garcia is now facing charges of child abuse resulting in significant bodily harm.

In a separate incident during the same week, different caretakers in Albuquerque were arrested after a 2-year-old allegedly overdosed on fentanyl obtained from a nearby bag of drugs, as documented by KOB 4. Chanel Gallegos, the child’s mother, disclosed to the police that she has a history of opioid use. Law enforcement reportedly found a large quantity of small, round, blue pills in a Ziploc bag at the residence.

The presence of fentanyl smoke and burnt foil was also detected by the police. The child displayed symptoms consistent with an opiate overdose and was administered Narcan. Thankfully, a full recovery is expected.

In late May 2023, yet another Albuquerque mother faced charges when her 2-year-old daughter tragically died from a fentanyl overdose. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Kreshenna Delaney was charged with one count of child abuse related to her daughter Nayisha’s death, as well as two additional counts for the abuse of other children present in the home.

Delaney informed the police that she found her daughter unconscious and promptly brought her to the hospital. Deputies noted that Delaney appeared to be in a drowsy state during their interactions. Tests revealed the presence of cocaine in the young girl’s system. When questioned, Delaney expressed surprise and stated that although she sells crack, she did not provide any to her daughter.

Further investigation revealed cocaine in Delaney’s system and crack paraphernalia in her car. The daughter tragically passed away in the early hours of the morning. During a press conference, Deputy Chief of Emergency Services Emily Jaramillo expressed concern about the “pretty alarming” situation where young children are gaining access to fentanyl through their parents or other caregivers.

Ashlie is a senior reporter for the TosBos News. She covers live and breaking news from 6 am every day. Ashlie joined the M.E.N. in 2019 having previously worked for Cavendish Press news agency.


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