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Pennsylvania Couple Charged With Homicide After 2-Year-Old Son Dies Of Fentanyl Overdose, Cops Say

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Source: Allegheny County Jail

Jul. 2 2022, Published 9:05 a.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania couple have been charged with homicide over one month after their toddler overdosed on fentanyl in the family’s apartment, authorities said.

On May 12, Robert Kraft, 39, and Paige Hufnagel, 28, were sleeping in the living room of their Munhall home with their three children, ages 2, 4 and 7, police said in a complaint obtained by Trib Live.

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Shortly after 1 a.m., the couple’s 4-year-old child woke Kraft up, telling him that his 2-year-old brother, Robert “Robbie” Kraft, “wouldn’t wake up,” the complaint states.

Hufnagel phoned 911 while Kraft attempted to help the boy, who was rushed to the hospital but died 12 hours later from what toxicology results showed was a fentanyl overdose, according to the complaint.

Responding officers claimed in the document that the 4-year-old child told them: “Robbie’s dead, he drank this little thingy” and “He drank it and he is dead.”

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Investigators wrote in the complaint they observed possibly thousands of used heroin stamps bags throughout the apartment that was in “extremely deplorable condition.”

The empty bags, which allegedly contained heroin and fentanyl, were found on the floor as well as near toys, police said.

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In the complaint, police said the father of the overdose victim allegedly told detectives he was a drug addict and admitted his son may have gotten ahold of paraphernalia or a baggie but he “was hoping it wasn’t the case.”

The dead boy’s mother, Hufnagel, was aware Kraft used and kept drugs in their home, but she claimed she was a recovering addict and had been on methadone for around four years, police wrote in the complaint.

On June 30, police arrested the couple and charged each with homicide, child endangerment, and reckless endangerment, according to Trib Live.


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