Parents charged after child, 19 months, dies from deadly drug found in trunk

Story by Lacey Johnson, CNN; written by Jim Knox, CNN

(CNN) — Four Toronto parents have been charged after the death of their 19-month-old child who ingested highly potent and dangerous illegal drugs, police said.

First-degree murder charges were laid against the child’s parents, Amanda Kaleikini, 20, and Andreas Kaleikini, 28, who are also facing two counts of manslaughter charges, Toronto Police said.

Bodily harm caused by someone in Canada is a criminal offence punishable by life imprisonment, so there are no charges associated with the death in this case.

Heavily potent

On February 27, 2016, child welfare workers contacted Toronto police to report a child was missing, according to police.

The child was found in the trunk of the vehicle of the child’s parents, police said.

“Officers on scene located an unconscious 19-month-old child in the trunk of the vehicle,” Toronto Police said in a statement. “The child was transported to hospital and was ultimately pronounced deceased by staff.”

While a cause of death has not been announced, toxicology results indicate the child ingested the drugs, Toronto Police said.

The child’s father has since been released from police custody.

Drugs seized

Two days after the child was found, Toronto police arrested the child’s mother at the scene.

The child’s death was ruled a homicide, but investigators did not disclose how much time had passed since the child was left unattended, so it was unclear at the time what drugs were involved.

More than 60 grams of fentanyl and 80 grams of fentanyl analogue were found in the toddler’s system, police said. The two types of drugs are about 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Injuries inside and outside

The Kaleikis live in an upscale high-rise apartment complex in Toronto.

Toronto Public Health said that there have been four confirmed cases of improperly stored fentanyl in the city this year, compared with 22 confirmed cases last year.

The other people involved in the criminal investigation are the child’s grandfather, father and the child’s two guardians, police said.

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