A year after Kimberly Nelligan's 1-year-old daughter died of fentanyl poisoning, authorities in Bangor, ME, charged the mother with several charges of allegedly rubbing her gums with heroin residue to make her fall asleep.
According to the Bangor Daily News, the 33-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering a minor and drug possession. During her appearance before the judge, according to local television images, the accused made several obscene gestures.
The events date back to October 10, 2018 when the emergency services received a call from Nelligan alarmed that her daughter was not breathing. Despite the efforts, the little girl's life could not be saved.
Subsequent forensic examinations determined that the cause of death was severe fentanyl poisoning, without determining how this opiate reached the girl's body.
The case began to be clarified when investigators learned from the deceased's father that he had seen Nelligan on at least 15 occasions rubbing cocaine residue on the girl's gums, who apparently suffered from stomach problems and difficulty sleeping, according to local media..
He assured that the woman had told him that he had already done it with his other children previously and that the intention was not to harm the little girl, they added.
Initially the defendant denied that the police used heroin, but later admitted that she did so weekly in the months leading up to the death of her daughter, channel 8 WMTW (ABC) reported.
The state attorney's office warned that additional charges could be brought in this case later, as the investigation progresses.
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