3 arrested after child takes fentanyl, another drinks maggots: officials

AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF) – Authorities say three Georgia residents have been arrested after a child was hospitalized for taking fentanyl and another child was found with burns to his body.

On Thursday, August 18, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2100 block of Howard Road for an unresponsive child.

The sheriff’s office said that officers were informed upon arrival that EMS administered narcan to the three-year-old victim after the child was allegedly taking narcotics.

After a second dose of Narcan, the toddler was semi-conscious and was taken to the hospital.

Hospital staff told authorities the child tested positive for fentanyl. They said the child is in critical condition but nearly died.

When firefighters were at the scene of the accident at the Howard Road home, they noticed another child had injuries to his body, officials said.

According to authorities, the one-year-old victim had burns on his arms and back that looked like they might have come from an iron grill or grill.

Investigators said when the victim was taken to the hospital, medical staff noticed there were live maggots in the toddler’s bottle.

Doctors then ordered the remaining children, an 8-year-old and a 5-month-old, to be taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Matthew Moss, Talethea Browman and Aisha Bartley were all arrested and charged with one or more of the following crimes:

  • Cruelty to children, 1st degree
  • Cruelty to children, 2nd degree
  • deprivation of a minor
  • Possession of a firearm by convicted felons
  • possession and use of drug-related items
  • possession of cocaine
  • Possession of synthetic narcotics
  • possession of heroin
  • possession of oxycodone

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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