FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Authorities have arrested and charged the 22-year-old mother of a child who died and injured another after they ingested fake Percocet pills that were actually fentanyl.
According to online court records, 22-year-old Kiara A. Johnson of Fort Wayne is facing several felony charges in connection to the death of her infant son including neglect of a dependent causing death, neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury, possession of a narcotic drug and neglect of a dependent.
On Wednesday, Sept. 29 just before 8:30 p.m. officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a "problem unknown" in the 7900 block of Serenity Drive.
When police arrived they said two children were found unresponsive.
Both children were taken to a local hospital for treatment, but one was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the child who died as 2-year-old Terris Johnson.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Kiara Johnson told detectives that she was sitting on her bed playing games on her phone and had plastic bags containing marijuana and fake Percocet pills on it.
Her two children came into the room while she was playing games and they jumped on her bed and she then told them to leave.
They left and went into their bedroom and shut the door.
Later on, after hearing one of her children coughing Johnson went to check on them and thought they were sleeping.
When Johnson noticed one of the children "was barely breathing and her lips were blue
Johnson allegedly told investigators that after noticing that her boyfriend told her to put the children in the shower to see if that would help.
According to court documents Johnson reportedly said the pills her children got ahold of were blue "M-30" marked pills which were Percocet.
She later admitted to police she knew they were fake pills and were actually fetanyl, court documents allege.
The second child is recovering, according to police.
A medical examiner noted in the autopsy report that he observed three different indications that were common in overdose deaths.
The coroner has not determined the cause or manner of death yet for Terris.
Johnson had her initial appearance in Allen Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon. She is due back in court Friday morning.
You can view the full probable cause affidavit below.