In Albuquerque, a mother is facing child abuse charges after her two-year-old son tested positive for the potent opioid, fentanyl.
Jessica Garcia was taken into custody on June 5th. Her arrest follows another incident three months earlier where her toddler son lost consciousness at a hotel situated on Illiff Road near Coors Boulevard.
On the day of the alarming event, medical professionals successfully resuscitated the boy and conducted tests that revealed the presence of fentanyl in his system.
Garcia, along with her adult daughter, Alizae Holguin, relayed their versions of the incident at the University of New Mexico Hospital. However, they left the facility and did not return.
In their subsequent investigation, police uncovered drugs and related paraphernalia within the duo’s hotel room. Authorities also found text messages between Holguin and Garcia, hinting at the child’s exposure to drugs.
Prosecutors have since motioned to have Garcia remain in detention until her trial. Holguin has also been with child abuse, with authorities issuing a warrant for her arrest.
In the accompanying criminal complaint, the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) disclosed to investigators that the women were scheduled for drug tests but had failed to appear.