Police investigating death of Athens toddler who was exposed to dangerous narcotics


By Joe Johnson

An Athens toddler died Saturday from exposure to dangerous drugs, Athens-Clarke County police said Monday morning.

According to police the 15-month-old girl became ill while a 65-year-old woman was babysitting her at the child’s home on Oak Hill Drive.

Police said they did not get involved until after the toddler was taken to a local hospital, and later to Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta.

The Augusta hospital on Saturday called ACCPD to notify police that the child was receiving treatment for having tested positive for exposure to fentanyl -- a synthetic opioid up to 10 times stronger –opiates, and benzodiazepine, a tranquilizer.

Police said the hospital later informed them that the child had died.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's State Crime Lab in Decatur, place said

An investigation was ongoing Monday, and police asked for anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Jason Cook at 762-400-7103 or jason.cook@accgov.com.

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