Alexis Callero, 34, faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder, cruelty to a juvenile, and drug offenses, after her son, Leo Vincent Callero, was found dead on Jan. 1 at the family’s home in Kenner, WWL-TV reported.
According to Capt. Michael Cunningham of the Kenner Police Department, cocaine and heroin that was present in the same room where the boy was found later tested positive for Fentanyl.
An autopsy determined Callero's cause of death was a fatal overdose of the drug, police said.
“It's no longer uncommon occurrence,” Cunningham explained. “It's very common now to go on scenes where there is drug use, and we find children in there."
Lexis Staub told WWL-TV that her nephew’s death wasn’t the result of his mother not caring about him.
“It’s not that Alexis didn’t love him,” Staub noted. “She loved him, but she didn’t care enough for him to give him the love that he needed.”
“Leo was happiest when he was with us,” she added. “Playing with my daughter. Them two were supposed to grow up together.”
On a GoFundMe set up to pay for funeral expenses, Cindy Staub wrote she was struggling with the “what-ifs” following the death of her grandson and “thinking about a million different things I could have done that could have changed the course and kept him here with us.”
“Blaming myself for not somehow being there to save him,” she continued, “I wake up from the nightmare over and over only to discover that it wasn't a dream....he is gone. That is the unchanging fact that stabs me like a knife every time I wake up and have to face the loss all over again.”
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