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Bronx mom charged in 1-year-old son’s opioid death

May 30, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A Bronx woman is being accused of killing her 1-year-old son, who died last year after ingesting a mixture of fentanyl and heroin.

Police said Wednesday that Daira Santana-Gonzalez, 23, was arrested last Friday on a murder charge in the Dec. 27 death of Darwin Gonzalez-Santana. Information on her lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

The toddler died after being rushed to the hospital following a report of an unconscious baby at a Bronx apartment.

The apartment was being used to prepare packages of fentanyl and heroin for sale, The New York Times reported . A related drug, acetylfentanyl, was also found. Police say some of the deadly mixture of opioids somehow ended up in Darwin.

“The amount of fentanyl it would take to kill you or me would fit on the tip of your baby finger, and a small child would be much more susceptible,” Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, told the Times.

The parents were initially arrested on drug possession charges, but the father fled the country and is still being sought. Daira remained in custody.

“Everyone knows I loved Darwin,” Daira said in a Rikers Island interview with The Daily News. “I would never do anything to hurt my son. I loved my son.”

In the interview, the mother said she was not aware of any drug activity in her home and claimed her son’s father had been abusive.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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