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A Maine mother was on Wednesday arrested after they allegedly gave to her one year old daughter and small amounts of heroin, and more than a dozen times to get her to sleep, which resulted in the baby’s death.
Authorities have charged Thomas Nelligan, 33, with child endangering and possession of illegal drugs after they say it, and she ran over to heroin residue on a child’s gums at least 15 times over the course of the two months prior to her death on Oct. 10, 2018, according to the court documents, obtained by the Bangor Daily News.
The medical examiner’s office said the baby died of acute fentanyl intoxication, to add to that, the child is probably taking the drug that killed her.
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Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is generally prescribed to treat severe pain, particularly cancer patients, but also cut it in large doses of heroin.
Nelligan, in the first instance, telling the police that she had never used heroin, but later admitted that she snorted the drug in a small bag once a week for two months leading up to her daughter’s death. She also admitted that she had used the drug on her other children as well as a sleep aid in the past, according to police.
Nelligan, the man told the police that he saw her rubbing the heroin residue on their daughter’s gums for about 15 times.
“You know I don’t hurt our daughter in,” Nelligan, reportedly said to the father, according to the affidavit.
Nelligan, faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 for the child to be in danger, and up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for the drug charge.
She was released on bail and is not allowed contact with the child’s father, nor any children under the age of 18 years of age.
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District attorney Marianne Lynch said that the more Nelligan can be created as the investigation proceeds.
“This is a very serious, very difficult, and in some cases, the law is not designed to deal with problems like this,” Lynch said. “When things are at any given time, there is a possibility of other charges to come, but at this point, these are the costs we are confident that we will be able to move forward.”