Police Say 2-Year-Old Poisoned By Father’s Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis

 Police in Merced, California, arrested the father of a 2-year-old boy for felony child endangerment Sunday.

Marvin Thomas, 34, was arrested after his 2-year-old child was brought into Mercy Medical Center suffering from life-threatening fentanyl exposure, according to a post shared on Merced Police Department’s Facebook page. Thomas and the child’s mother brought him into the emergency room and cooperated with the investigating officers when they arrived.

Detectives discovered that Thomas had brought fentanyl-laced cannabis products into the family home, causing the child’s exposure, law enforcement said. After they received a search warrant, police entered the family home and removed the products.

Thomas was then arrested for felony child endangerment, and was booked into Merced County Jail, according to authorities. 

The child’s condition improved overnight, and he is expected to make a full recovery throughout Monday. He is one of countless Americans and tourists to have suffered fentanyl poisoning in 2022, a synthetic opioid predominantly trafficked into the U.S. through the southern border with Mexico.

Firefighters in Phoenix, Arizona, said in October that their department is running out of life-saving treatment Narcan, which is used in almost all fentanyl overdose and poisoning cases. In the year ending January 2022, more than 100,000 Americans had died on fentanyl overdose and poisonings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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