WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Pennsylvania mom was found guilty in the death of her daughter after she gave her baby a fatal dose of fentanyl in a sippy cup so she could “sit back, relax and smoke marijuana.”
- On Tuesday, Jhenea Pratt, 23, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of her 17-month-old baby, according to reports.
- Police said they found a pink sippy cup on the toddler’s bed containing red liquid that was tested positive for fentanyl, enough to “kill two horses.”
A 23-year-old mother in Pennsylvania was found guilty Tuesday of adding a fatal dose of fentanyl in her daughter’s sippy cup in order to silence her.
According to a prosecutor, Jhenea Pratt committed the crime so she could “sit back, relax and smoke marijuana.”
Assistant district attorney Diana Page told a Pennsylvania jury that Pratt drugged her 17-month-old baby, Charlette Napper-Talley, in April 2018 with the “specific intent to kill.”
“That baby was getting in the way of her enjoying her pastime,” Page argued, referencing the Pratt’s drug use.
On Tuesday, Pratt was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of her child. The young mom will be sentenced at a later date.
On April 5, 2018, police received a call from Pratt’s East Hills apartment a baby who stopped breathing. First responders rushed Charlette to a nearby hospital where she later died, the New York Post reported.
Fentanyl was present in Charlette blood, according to tests received by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office. During an interrogation, Detective Michael Flynn said that they found suspicious red liquid inside a pink sippy cup found on the baby’s bed. The liquid was tested positive for fentanyl enough to “kill two horses,”
When Pratt was asked how the incident happened, she told investigators, “I have no knowledge as to how fentanyl got into my daughter’s sippy cup.”