Dad and mom, grandmother charged in dying of child who had fentanyl in his system

BENSALEM TWP., Pa. – Three individuals are charged within the dying of a 4-month-old toddler in Bucks County. 

Bensalem Police had been known as to Oak Avenue in Bensalem Township in January for a report of an toddler in cardiac arrest. 

Officers say the 4-month-old was discovered unresponsive in the lounge of the house. Police and EMS tried life-saving measures earlier than the toddler was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne. 

The toddler boy was pronounced lifeless on the hospital. 

An post-mortem of the toddler revealed the presence of fentanyl within the youngster’s blood and the reason for dying was decided to be hostile results of fentanyl, stories Bensalem Township Police. 

An investigation revealed that the toddler’s dad and mom, Felicity Westmoreland and Daniel Howarth, had been within the residence on the time of the incident.

A report from police describes the house as being coated in garments, trash and outdated meals. Police additionally found quite a few drug baggies, syringes and a tourniquet generally used for drug injection.

Police report the discovered gadgets examined optimistic for the presence of fentanyl and cocaine.

Donna Westmoreland, the newborn’s grandmother, was beforehand appointed because the child’s foster mom. The Bucks County Juvenile Dependency Court docket issued a Shelter Care Order prohibiting Donna Westmoreland from leaving the toddler unsupervised with Felicity Westmoreland and Daniel Howarth.

Donna Westmoreland admitted to leaving the toddler unsupervised along with his dad and mom on the day of the toddler’s dying. 

Felicity Westmoreland and Daniel Howarth had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, youngster endangerment, possession of a managed substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Felicity Westmoreland was arraigned on Thursday and brought to Bucks County Correctional Facility. 

There’s an lively arrest warrant for Daniel Howarth.

Donna Westmoreland has been charged with youngster endangerment. She was arraigned Wednesday and brought to Bucks County Correctional Facility. 

Bensalem Police are asking anybody with info on the whereabouts of Daniel Howarth or details about this case, to contact Bensalem Police at (215) 633-3719 or submit an nameless tip right here.