Murder charge filed against parents whose toddler died of Fentanyl

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (TUSEN) — Prosecutors in Northern California have filed charges against the parents of a 15-month-old toddler who died in May after taking fentanyl. Authorities believe her mother used it.

Prosecutors Thursday also charged Evan Frostick, 26, and Madison Bernard, 23, with child molestation charges and indicted on an aggravating charge for alleging that their actions intentionally caused the suffering of a child, the Press Democrat reported.

Frostick is being represented by Sonoma County Public Prosecutor Lynn Slater, who said Friday she took over the case on Thursday and was unable to comment. It was not immediately known whether Bernard has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf. She is not represented by the Public Prosecution Service.

According to the coroner’s report, Bernard took fentanyl and went to sleep with drugs and paraphernalia on the bed she shared with Charlotte in their Sonoma Avenue apartment.

Investigators believe Charlotte ingested the fentanyl by touching it and possibly putting her hands in her mouth or eyes, the paper reported.

Charlotte Frostick died nearly three years after the opioid-related death of another Santa Rosa toddler.

Three defendants were charged with providing the opioids to O’Neill. They were convicted by federal court on lighter charges of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

In the city of Brentwood, a mother was charged with murder in Contra Costa County Superior Court after her 2-year-old son consumed fentanyl in November 2020. In July 2021, she pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was later sentenced to 11 years in prison, according to court records.

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