A Minneapolis woman is the second person charged in the fentanyl overdose of a 2-year-old at an Eden Prairie apartment complex.
Samiya Shalaun Hammonds, 26, is charged with felony child endangerment stemming from an April 18 incident at the apartment on Anderson Lakes Parkway.
The second suspect, Lamondre Calvin Reece, 25, of St. Paul, was charged in August with endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm or death.
According to the criminal complaint:
Eden Prairie police responded April 18 to an apartment complex on Anderson Lakes Parkway on a report of an unresponsive child. Officers found Reece and Hammonds with the unresponsive child.
Paramedics arrived and transported the child to Children’s Hospital. While en route, paramedics administered Narcan (a drug used for emergency treatment in an opioid overdose). The youngster, identified as L.L.C.R., became more responsive. Hospital testing showed the presence of fentanyl in the child’s blood.
A police spokesperson later confirmed that the toddler survived the incident.
On April 21, officers executed a search warrant at the apartment and found several pieces of burnt tinfoil in the master bedroom. They also found white powder on an iPad screen, both of which were later confirmed by an ion scanner as being fentanyl.
Officers also recovered Reece’s and Hammond’s cell phones, which contained phone calls about purchasing and using drugs on the date of the child’s overdose, including while the child was being transported to the hospital.
Text messages from April 20 showed conversations between Reece and Hammonds, indicating that they were missing some “P’s,” a reference to Percocet. Drugs purchased on the street frequently contain substances, such as fentanyl, that are not in the prescription form.
Officers also recovered photos showing marijuana, pills that appeared to be Xanax, pills that appeared to be Percocet, and guns.
Hammonds blamed a friend who had stayed at the apartment for the overdose and had admitted to missing some pills, but text messages between Hammonds and the friend indicate that the friend was not missing any pills.
Reece and Hammonds each denied using drugs or having any knowledge of what caused L.L.R.C.’s medical episode.
Reece has outstanding warrants for numerous felony charges and open pending felonies in several counties.
As of Aug. 9, Reece was not in custody.
Hammonds has been summoned to appear in Hennepin County District Court. If convicted, she and Reece each face a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
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