Fentanyl is an extremely strong opioid prescribed to treat severe pain. Because of its potency, fentanyl is often manufactured and/or sold illegally and used to induce euphoria. It is sometimes sold in combination with other illegal drugs, such as cocaine or heroin. However, this is extremely risky because even a very small amount of fentanyl can potentially cause a fatal overdose. When authorities in Phoenix, Arizona, recently received a tip that a husband and wife may have been using drugs in their parked vehicle, they found the couple’s 1-year-old daughter in the car. Upon learning that she allegedly tested positive for fentanyl, law enforcement arrested her parents.
In addition to felony charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession and use of narcotics, the couple also faces endangerment charges. Law enforcement reportedly found the child in the vehicle without a car seat while her parents allegedly smoked illegal drugs. Authorities reportedly had the child transported to a hospital after being unable to revive her for several minutes. It was hospital staff that reported that she had fentanyl in her system.
Receiving a tip from a witness, authorities initially found the vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store and allegedly observed smoke flowing out the window. Per the report by law enforcement, smoke filled the interior of the vehicle as well. Though allegedly trying to conceal his use of drugs from authorities, a search revealed that the husband, who had been sitting in the driver’s seat, had dozens of pills in his pockets. Law enforcement also reportedly found paraphernalia on both the passenger side, where the wife sat, and the driver’s side of the vehicle in the form of a crushed red straw and squares of tin foil with burn marks.
No information is available as to the current condition of the 1-year-old girl. Those facing charges related to drugs and/or child endangerment may wish to speak with an attorney.