A 2-year-old Kentucky boy died after consuming fentanyl his
mother bought using her stimulus check, police said.
Lauren Ashley Baker, 33, admitted to cops in Ludlow Thursday
that she got the highly addictive synthetic opioid last weekend
in Cincinnati while using funds from her stimulus check, WXIX
After getting the highly addictive drug — up to 100 times more
potent than morphine — Baker said she brought it back to Ludlow,
where she shared it with two other people, a police report shows.
She then said she “took a shot” of fentanyl sometime Thursday
before falling asleep. Her 2-year-old son then ate some of the
drug, which was in her purse, as she dozed away, police said.
Baker later awoke to find her purse emptied out and her son not
breathing. The boy’s father, who was not identified, called cops
when he got home, according to the police report.
Cops found the boy in respiratory arrest when they arrived at
He was rushed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he was
pronounced dead, investigators said.
A substance believed to be fentanyl was discovered scattered
across a bed inside the residence, as well as empty packaging
for Narcan, a drug designed to block the effects of opioids,
according to the police report.
Baker, who is facing charges of murder, importing fentanyl and
trafficking of a controlled substance, remains held without bond
at the Kenton County Detention Center, records show.
It’s unclear exactly which stimulus check Baker was talking
about to cops. The third round of coronavirus relief to
taxpayers was deposited into roughly 90 million bank accounts on
Wednesday — days after police say she admitted using stimulus
funds to get the fentanyl in Cincinnati.
If convicted of murder, Baker could face up to 50 years in
prison, WCPO reported.
She’s set to appear in court Friday, according to WLWT.