BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A 1-year-old boy is recovering and his parents were arrested after the boy oversdosed last week after being exposed to fentanyl, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Police say on Jan. 15 just before 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on Kroll Way near Gosford Road for a baby not breathing, according to a statement. The caller described the boy as being blue in color and not breathing.
When officers arrived they began CPR and successfully revived the child and continued medical treatment until medical personnel arrived, the department said. The child was transported to a local hospital and is currently listed as stable.
The police later learned the the child was experiencing a fentanyl overdose due to exposure to drug paraphernalia, according to BPD. Fentanyl and drug paraphernalia was found in the residence and in the child’s crib, the department said.
Both parents were arrested and charged with drug-related felonies, according to BPD. The parents were identified by police as John Lawson, 20 and Gabriella Goldberg, 20. They were not listed as in custody according to a Kern County inmate database.
The child is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services. The investigation is ongoing.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Kinzel said once they get the case they’ll examine it for whatever charges are appropriate. He said the dangers of fentanyl have become more well known with the slew of overdose deaths that have hit Kern County and the nation.
Last year, there were more than 200 fentanyl overdose deaths in Kern County, Kinzel said. It can take as little as 2 milligrams of the drug — the equivalent of five to seven grains of salt — for a deadly dose, and it’s often mixed with other illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine and counterfeit oxycodone pills.
Kinzel said people are taking a risk of dying because no one knows how much fentanyl is inside whatever drug they’re purchasing on the black market.
If you have information regarding this incident, call the police department at 661-327-7111.
On Thursday, Jan. 20 KGET is hosting fentanyl forum Bakersfield Recovery Services and local law enforcement on the dangers and effects fentanyl poses to our community. Watch it at 6:30 p.m. on Bakersfield Recovery Services our Facebook page.