Arizona mom arrested after 9-month-old overdoses on fentanyl

PHOENIX — An Arizona woman is accused of child abuse after her 9-month-old son allegedly overdosed on fentanyl Monday night, authorities said.

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Priscilla Caldera, 18, of Phoenix, was arrested Tuesday, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office online booking records. She was charged with one felony count of crimes against children, court records show. The boy is in stable condition, KNXV reported.

According to court paperwork, Phoenix police and firefighters received a 911 call reporting that a 9-month-old child was not breathing.

The 911 caller told crews that had arrived on the scene that after the child was put into his crib, he spit something out of his mouth and then went in and out of consciousness, the television station reported.

Members of the Phoenix Police Department said they found blue oval pills inside the boy’s crib, according to KNXV. The child was taken to an area hospital, where doctors found more blue pills in his mouth, the television station reported.

According to police, Caldera said no one in her home uses fentanyl or blue pills, but added that a friend she gave a ride to left a bag of blue pills in her car, according to KNXV.

Police said Caldera brought the bag into her home and placed it on a diaper-changing table attached to the boy’s crib.

The boy’s grandmother told police she placed the boy and his twin brother in their crib and left the room for a few minutes before returning to check on them, KNXV reported. She noticed the boy was not breathing and started CPR while 911 was called, the television station reported.

According to police, the boy was given Narcan to stabilize his condition, according to KNXV.