Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

ME mother allegedly gave heroin to daughter, 1, who later died

ME mother allegedly gave heroin to daughter, 1, who later died

- A woman in ME was arrested Tuesday morning almost a year after the death of her daughter amid allegations by police that she was rubbing fentanyl residue on the 1-year-old's gums.

Officers immediately began performing CPR and the girl was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, but efforts to save the child were unsuccessful. Police began an investigation into the child's death with detectives interviewing Nelligan and her husband several times over the next year.

The Maine Medical Examiner's Office conducted tests and informed police in December that Jordynn died from acute fentanyl intoxication.

The child's dad apparently told police he'd seen Nelligan rub it on the girl's gums.

After initially denying she had ever used heroin, Nelligan admitted to snorting the drug every week for two months before her daughter's death.

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Nelligan was arrested on Tuesday on a Class D child endangerment and Class E drug possession charges and released on her own recognizance provided she does not contact the biological father of the child.

Fentanyl has been linked to a wave of overdose deaths in the many are unaware they are using the drug which is 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Fentanyl can be cut into doses of heroin and is considered a highly potent synthetic opioid, small amounts of which can cause severe or fatal toxicity. She faces up to one year in jail and a fine up to $2,000 on the child endangerment charge and a fine of $1,000 and a jail sentence of 180 days on the drug possession charge. He said the baby was having trouble sleeping. He also said that the mum explained she'd done the same to her older children to get them to sleep, saying, 'You know I didn't hurt our daughter on goal'.

Nelligan was allowed bail but is banned from unsupervised contact with minors and can't contact the baby's father.

District Attorney Marianne Lynch said it is likely further charges could be laid against the mother. She is due back in court November 12.

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