TRAGIC: 7-month-old Pennsylvania Baby Dies from Fentanyl Poisoning

 

Officials in Pennsylvania are considering charging anyone after a 7-month-old baby died from fentanyl poisoning. According to the New York Post, Zhuri Sade Bogle’s parents discovered her unresponsive at their Pennsylvania home on January 14 after her grandmother had put her to sleep.

Authorities announced the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death in a statement on Tuesday. “When first responders arrived, they found Zhuri’s father performing CPR,” the statement read.

“First responders took over, but at 7:05 a.m. she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives learned Zhuri was in the care of her grandmother and grandmother’s friend the prior evening. Zhuri was already put to bed when her parents arrived home on the evening of January 13th.”

According to the Medical Examiner’s office, an autopsy determined that the minor died as a result of an opioid overdose. Detectives and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office have also been in contact, according to officials, to see if anyone can be charged in connection with young Zhuri’s death.

The baby was buried on February 7. “This was a wholly unexpected and devastating occurrence that forever changed the lives of Zhuri’s parents and other loved ones,” a GoFundMe that has been set up for the deceased minor’s parents states. “To bury a loved one is not an easy task; it is a strain mentally, emotionally, and financially.”

According to a recent research from the nonprofit group Families Against Fentanyl (FAF), fentanyl-related deaths among children under the age of 14 are becoming more common, according to the New York Post. Their mortality rate is considered to be higher than that of the other age groups.

After evaluating data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the FAF discovered that fentanyl-related baby fatalities more than doubled between 2019 and 2021. While fentanyl-related mortality were three times higher among toddlers aged one to four years, the rate among minors aged five to fourteen quadrupled.

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