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A Kentucky Mom Blew Her $1,200 COVID Stimulus Check on Fentanyl. Her 2-Year-Old Son Overdosed and She's Now A Convicted Murderer.

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Source: Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney; Mega

Apr. 26 2023, Published 12:43 p.m. ET

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A northern Kentucky mother will spend 33 years in prison for murdering her two-year-old son with fentanyl.

Lauren Ashley Baker, 35, was sentenced by a jury in suburban Cincinnati on April 25, after convicting her four days earlier.

Police say Baker had the drug scattered across her bed when first responders found young Jaxson Vogt unconscious on a bedroom floor March 18, 2021. Narcan packaging was found as well.

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According to a statement from the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney, Baker told Ludlow Police that she used a federal $1,200 COVID-19 stimulus check to buy fentanyl from a Cincinnati drug dealer. Her driver was paid $60.

Baker also claimed to share the drug with two other people, including Vogt's father. Both admitted during her trial that was true.

The father came home from work and found Baker sleeping, police said, with Vogt lifeless in her lap. The boy eventually died at a Cincinnati hospital.


"This is Kenton County's first murder conviction for an overdose death,” Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders told WCPO-TV.

A jury convicted Baker in less than two hours of murder, importing fentanyl and trafficking in a controlled substance. Sanders asked for a life sentence, but the jury decided otherwise.

According to WLWT-TV, Baker will not be eligible for parole for 20 years.


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