Suspect charged after 14-month-old toddler’s possible fentanyl overdose, NC police say

A 14-month-old toddler is recovering at a North Carolina hospital after a suspected fentanyl overdose, Monroe police said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 1000 block of South Church Street in the Union County city, police said.

Following the search, police arrested and charged 29-year-old Tyler Shelton Perry with felony child abuse, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell/deliver a controlled substance, possession of schedule I, manufacture marijuana, possession of cocaine and maintain a dwelling for use, storage, or sale of controlled substances.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s more powerful than heroin. Most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made versions of the drug.

Police did not say how Perry is related to the infant.

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