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Child in Critical Condition After Ingesting Illicit Opioids in Winnipeg

A Child is in Critical Condition After Ingesting Opioids while crawling on the floor at a home in Winnipeg
Child in Critical Condition After Ingesting Opioids in Winnipeg

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, January 2, 2024 - Winnipeg Police released information about an incident on December 30 the the Child Abuse Unit was alerted to involving a toddler who had accidentally ingested illicit opioids.

According to police, the terrifying ordeal began when residents in the North Point Douglas neighborhood rushed to the aid of a small child who appeared to be in medical distress. Quick-thinking bystanders immediately initiated CPR and dialed 911, recognizing the severity of the situation. The toddler, whose identity remains confidential, was in dire need of immediate medical attention.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service arrived at the scene and transported the critically ill child to hospital. It was revealed that the toddler had ingested a substance believed to be fentanyl while crawling on the floor of a residence in North Point Douglas. The dangerous and potent nature of fentanyl posed a grave threat to the child's life.

Medical professionals at the hospital administered several doses of Narcan, a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, in an urgent effort to stabilize the child's condition. After an tough battle, the toddler eventually showed signs of improvement and was no longer in critical condition.

The Winnipeg Police launched a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the child's accidental ingestion of the illicit substance. Their efforts resulted in the identification of a 28-year-old male resident of Winnipeg as the primary suspect.

The 28-year-old male now faces a charge of "Cause Bodily Harm by Criminal Negligence" in connection to this alarming incident. While he has been released on an Undertaking, as mandated by the Criminal Code.


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