5-year-old boy dies from heroin overdose after battling fentanyl addiction


A 5-day-old baby boy died after suffering a heroin overdose in an abandoned apartment in Newark, New Jersey, according to police.

The boy was found by a family member about 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Newark Police Chief Anthony Ambrose told The Associated Press.

The baby’s parents called police, who arrived at the apartment to find the boy dead.

The toddler’s death is being investigated as a drug overdose.

Ambrose said the boy’s parents didn’t have a prescription for the medication they were taking and didn’t know how they got it.

“It’s just very, very sad,” Ambrose said.

“I’m heartbroken.”

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

The baby’s body will be taken to the morgue for a postmortem, Ambrose said in a statement.

The child’s father, Daniel, told police the boy had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

The father is charged with first-degree child abuse and neglect.

Daniel told police he and his wife took the boy to an apartment where they met an acquaintance and he bought the boy a tablet containing fentanyl.

The child told the couple that it was a medication he was using for pain.

The couple drove the boy home, but Daniel’s car broke down, police said.

Daniel was taken into custody about 3:30 a.m., and a police search of the apartment turned up more than 1,000 fentanyl tablets, Ambrose told the AP.

Daniel’s arrest has not been made public.

Police said the couple did not have a valid prescription for fentanyl, so it’s unclear how the parents got the medication.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that has been used for decades to treat pain and anxiety.

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