Parents charged over fatal Canadian carfentanil overdose

Image copyright Fairmedia Two parents have been charged with manslaughter after their 19-month-old son died from ingesting some type of illicit drug last year, Toronto police say. An autopsy showed Jayden Hess died from…

Parents charged over fatal Canadian carfentanil overdose

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Two parents have been charged with manslaughter after their 19-month-old son died from ingesting some type of illicit drug last year, Toronto police say.

An autopsy showed Jayden Hess died from an accidental overdose of carfentanil, police said.

The boy’s parents, Marie Domingo, 24, and Carlos David Soto, 23, were both charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death.

The pair were due to appear in court on Friday.

Earlier this month, police said Jayden Hess was found unresponsive in his Toronto home in May 2017.

Video caption Toronto police: Jayden Hess died from carfentanil overdose

His death was initially treated as not suspicious, but police later revealed that he had ingested carfentanil, the powerful opioid used in elephant tranquilisers.

Carfentanil is about 100 times more potent than fentanyl and can be fatal in extremely small doses. The substance is so powerful it has been used to tranquilise elephants and is regularly found in clandestine drug labs.

Toronto police said carfentanil was found in samples of Jayden Hess’s vomit and blood and several of his body fluids were tested for it.

“He was one of my kids. He was a very special kid, he had a lot of luster and spark and personality and he was always so happy to see us,” the father of Jayden Hess, who asked not to be named, told CNN.

“There’s no explanation as to why this happened, I don’t have one. I’m just trying to move on with my life and get through this.”

Police said the couple had admitted on camera that Jayden Hess had swallowed a substance that would cause him to become unresponsive, but they alleged they were not fully forthcoming with information about the boy’s condition at the time.

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