An Ocean City woman was ordered held without bail Friday morning after her 8-month-old suffered an apparent overdose from fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic form of heroin.
Anne Arundel County Fire Department paramedics were called March 20 for a report of an infant suffering from cardiac arrest in the 2900 block of East Almondbury Drive in Pasadena.
According to charging documents, Jordan Marie Holt, 20, called 911 after she found her son not breathing.
After attempts at CPR produced few results — the child “only sporadically gasped for air and never regained consciousness” — the paramedics began treating him for an opioid overdose, according to charging documents filed Thursday.
Police said that after administering naloxone, which combats the symptoms of an opioid overdose, the child started crying. He made a full recovery at an area hospital.
When investigators interviewed Holt, she denied using heroin, charging documents state. While she admitted to abusing prescription opioids, she said any heroin in the house belonged to her roommate, telling officers she’d found discarded heroin vials on the floor before. Holt’s legal address remains in Ocean City.
The roommate denied using any heroin on March 20. He said while he used crack cocaine and marijuana the weeks before, he’d been prescribed methadone for his opioid addiction and didn’t have any heroin in his possession.
After conducting a search warrant of the house, police said they found multiple gel capsules and a water bottle with pink liquid in Holt’s room, which tested positive for fentanyl and methadone respectively.
Police wrote that on April 4, results of testing of the child’s blood revealed he had norfentanyl in his system, the result of the body metabolizing and processing fentanyl.
Police obtained a warrant Monday charging Holt with child abuse, drug possession and other related drug offenses. She was taken into custody Thursday. Her roommate was not charged.
Online court records show Holt was ordered held without bond during a bail review Friday morning in District Court.
No attorney is listed as representing her in online court records.
According to police statistics, there have been two opioid overdoses involving a minor this year as of April 24.