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Northern Kentucky mother indicted after 2-year-old boy overdoses on her fentanyl


A Northern Kentucky mother was indicted on murder charges Thursday after police say her 2-year-old son overdosed on her fentanyl.On March 18, Ludlow police officers responded to the 200 block of Stokesay Street at around 3:34 p.m. after receiving a report of a child not breathing. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a 2-year-old boy, Jaxson Vogt, in respiratory arrest. The child was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he later died, police said.Police learned that the child was home alone with his mother when he got into some of her fentanyl while she slept, according to the Ludlow Police Department. The child’s mother, Lauren Baker, 33, woke up to find the child in distress as his father arrived home. They called 911 immediately.Police said Baker gave officers an amount of fentanyl from her purse and officers also found some fentanyl scattered on a bed. Officers also located empty naloxone packaging at the home.Baker admitted to authorities that she had purchased the fentanyl in Cincinnati earlier that week using funds from her stimulus check and brought it back to her home in Ludlow. She also said she shared the fentanyl with two other people.Baker also faces felony charges of importing fentanyl and two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance. A conviction of murder carries a punishment of 20 to 50 years or life in prison. The other charges each carry a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison.”Addicts need to be sure their children are safe, whether that means keeping narcotics out of reach, or giving their children to someone who can raise them in a safe, drug-free environment,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said in a statement. “Addiction is no excuse for putting a child’s life in danger.”

A Northern Kentucky mother was indicted on murder charges Thursday after police say her 2-year-old son overdosed on her fentanyl.

On March 18, Ludlow police officers responded to the 200 block of Stokesay Street at around 3:34 p.m. after receiving a report of a child not breathing. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a 2-year-old boy, Jaxson Vogt, in respiratory arrest. The child was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he later died, police said.

Police learned that the child was home alone with his mother when he got into some of her fentanyl while she slept, according to the Ludlow Police Department. The child’s mother, Lauren Baker, 33, woke up to find the child in distress as his father arrived home. They called 911 immediately.

Police said Baker gave officers an amount of fentanyl from her purse and officers also found some fentanyl scattered on a bed. Officers also located empty naloxone packaging at the home.

Baker admitted to authorities that she had purchased the fentanyl in Cincinnati earlier that week using funds from her stimulus check and brought it back to her home in Ludlow. She also said she shared the fentanyl with two other people.

Baker also faces felony charges of importing fentanyl and two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance. A conviction of murder carries a punishment of 20 to 50 years or life in prison. The other charges each carry a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

“Addicts need to be sure their children are safe, whether that means keeping narcotics out of reach, or giving their children to someone who can raise them in a safe, drug-free environment,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said in a statement. “Addiction is no excuse for putting a child’s life in danger.”

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