Father of 2-month-old who died from fentanyl poisoning in Riverside area arrested – San Bernardino Sun

The father of a 2-month-old girl who died from fentanyl poisoning in the Riverside area last year was arrested last week, officials said Wednesday.

On Dec. 2, Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a call of the infant girl not breathing in the 17000 block of Crown Creek Circle, in a neighborhood north of Lake Mathews. The victim was declared dead at the scene, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Investigators from the department’s Overdose Death Investigations and Narcotics Unit determined the infant was a victim of fentanyl poisoning and that her father was responsible for the fentanyl that killed her.

Donald Wallace, 32, was taken into custody on Feb. 24 and booked on suspicion of causing his infant daughters death, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Wallace is charged with child abuse and a sentence-enhancing allegation of inflicting corporal injury to a minor resulting in death, jail records show.

“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind citizens of the dangers of illicit narcotics, many which may contain Fentanyl,” the news release said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

In 2020, 279 of Riverside County’s 686 overdose deaths were fentanyl-related. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said during a news conference in January that the number of confirmed   fentanyl deaths in 2021 was nearly 400, and expected that number increase to more than 500 when toxicology results in other suspected overdose cases come in.

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