PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania mother was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after she gave her 17-month-old daughter fentanyl in a sippy cup so she could smoke marijuana in peace, according to prosecutors.
KDKA reported jurors convicted Jhenea Pratt, 23, of endangering the welfare of children, but did not find her guilty of first- or third-degree murder.
Charlette Napper-Talley died after she drank from a sippy cup containing the drug on April 5, 2018. A detective described the amount as enough to kill a large animal.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Pratt denied using or having the drug, and the defense suggested her boyfriend was the one who was responsible for the fentanyl. Police, however, said that had the girl taken the fatal sip while in the boyfriend's care, she would have died shortly afterward.
Instead, the girl was in her mother's care.
In closing arguments, prosecutors said Pratt had given the girl the drug so she could smoke pot.
Pratt wanted to “sit back, relax and smoke marijuana,” Assistant District Attorney Diana Page said. “That baby was getting in the way of her enjoying her pastime.”
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