Three people face charges after a toddler had a deadly amount of fentanyl in her system.
Authorities in Londonderry, New Hampshire, responded to a report of an unconscious and unresponsive 2-year-old girl located inside a vehicle in the rear parking lot of the RMZ Truck Stop at 137 Rockingham Road at 9:42 a.m. Nov. 16.
Officers arrived on scene within one minute and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy was later performed by a medical examiner and determined that the cause of death was due to acute fentanyl intoxication.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, US Marshals Fugitive Task Force took Shawna Cote and Mark Geremia, the child’s parents, into custody.
Geremia, 32, of Northfield, NH, was arrested on 11 charges, including negligent homicide, manslaughter and possession of child pornography. Cote, 29, of Tilton, NH, was arrested on eight charges, the same ones brought against Geremia, except the child pornography charges, police said Wednesday.
Both Geremia and Cote were held on $10,000 cash bail and transported to the Rockingham County House of Corrections pending arraignment on Feb. 24, 2021.
After several months of investigation, police also charged Dana Dolan, 24, of Tilton, NH, with a Class-B felony charge of negligent homicide, special felony charge of manslaughter Class-B felony charge of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon on Feb. 26.
“This is one of those investigations that truly pulls on the heart-strings of everyone, as crimes against children do,” U.S. Marshal Nick Willard said in a statement.
“The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and countless other agencies worked tirelessly to ensure that all three of these fugitives were arrested so they can be brought to justice.”