Toddler Dies After Being Exposed To Fentanyl By Babysitters

A babysitter in North Carolina is headed to prison and another awaits trial after a child they were caring for died from a fentanyl overdose. Police say 16-month-old Kingston Jenkins passed away after being exposed to the lethal drug.

According to authorities, Haley Odessa Godshall and Daisy Renee Bare smoked meth together while Godshall was spending the day babysitting the child. The pair then took little Kingston to Godshall’s home and shared some fentanyl.

It was then that both fell asleep. When they awakened, they found Kingston to be unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The 24-year old Godshall pled guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to at least 33 months on that charge plus at least 20 more months for drug- and larceny-related charges.

Officials say she will serve between four and seven years total. Bare is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Local media reports that Godshall was a close friend of the toddler’s mother, Alexia Jenkins, and called her last November to ask if she could keep little Kingston for the day.

Prosecutors say that, after smoking methamphetamine, they drove the boy to Godshall’s home. With Kingston napping between them, Godshall and Bare used the drug before falling asleep.

When they awakened, they saw that the little boy was ill. He died that night at an area hospital from a lethal dose of fentanyl. Investigators believe the child was exposed to particles from the air as the babysitters passed it back and forth between themselves.

As little as two mg. can be fatal.

North Carolina, like most of the country, is suffering from the scourge of the deadly substance. State officials say that in 2020, as many as 70% of the state’s fatal drug overdoses were linked to illegally produced fentanyl.

The synthetic opioid was originally developed to treat pain in cancer patients.

Just last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the U.S. suffered 71,238 deaths from fentanyl overdoses, marking a 23% increase over 2020. Imported from China through Mexico, it is often passed off onto unsuspecting users as a stronger form of heroin.