An overnight investigation into an 11-month old’s apparent fentanyl overdose in Middle Tennessee led to the arrest of the girl’s father, 27-year-old Aras Babiry, who is charged with aggravated child endangerment and drug/paraphernalia possession.
Mr. Babiry reported that his daughter had pulled a piece of paper from a bathroom garbage can and placed it in her mouth. According to Nashville Metro Police, she had white residue on her lips and was having difficulty breathing.
Detectives responded to Centennial Medical Center’s children’s hospital where Babiry initially denied responsibility for the fentanyl. He later admitted that he had purchased illegal narcotics Thursday morning and discarded the remainder in the bathroom garbage can. During a search of Babiry’s residence, officers located a straw on a living room table and a lottery ticket with a white powdery substance still on it.
The child tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl. Thankfully, she is expected to make a full recovery. As a result of the carelessness and the child ingesting the drugs, the Department of Children’s Services was notified. Services were provided to the child’s mother who was not present at the time that her daughter ingested the fentanyl.
As of Friday afternoon, Babiry was still behind bars and unable to post bond.
Again, the 11-month-old child is expected to make a full recovery.
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