Ottawa police charge 6 in drug-induced death of child

Six parents have been charged with criminal negligence after a toddler died from ingesting drugs last year, police said on Wednesday. Ottawa police have charged three women, two men and a 28-year-old woman, according…

Ottawa police charge 6 in drug-induced death of child

Six parents have been charged with criminal negligence after a toddler died from ingesting drugs last year, police said on Wednesday.

Ottawa police have charged three women, two men and a 28-year-old woman, according to CTV News. Three youths have also been charged. Police say the child’s death stemmed from a “manipulative drug ring.”

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Five of the six charged are related to the drug ring, according to the Ottawa Citizen. One woman, Aimee Williams, had previously pleaded guilty to trafficking fentanyl, a highly toxic opioid, and received a four-year sentence.

“In the two-year period prior to this child’s death, there were 72 reported fentanyl overdoses in the OC Transpo area,” Ontario Provincial Police Const. Malcolm Fitzpatrick told the Citizen.

According to The Canadian Press, the 6-month-old girl was taken to hospital in Ottawa in 2017 suffering from breathing difficulties. She was later pronounced dead. The girl’s mother, Patxi Dora, a 19-year-old mother who works as a makeup artist, was charged with aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing death. Dora is not related to the toddler.

The baby’s father, Jeffrey Simpson, and his cousin Charles Mevlise are also charged in the incident.

Simpson and his mother were charged with aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing death.

Simpson’s mother, Pamela Lewis, was charged with accessory after the fact, to criminal negligence causing death.

Nick Sherling, Mevlise’s girlfriend, also is charged with aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing death.

Michael Darcus, 25, faces multiple drug charges.

It wasn’t immediately clear what drug the baby ingested.

FOX411 previously reported that authorities in Toronto had set up an investigation after a toddler was taken to a hospital with breathing difficulties.

Citing police, The National Post reported that the girl was hospitalized on Aug. 3, 2017. She died four days later.

The Ottawa police are offering a $5,000 reward for any information about the case.

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