Fentanyl Exposure Incident: Trio Arrested in Connection with Newborn’s Safety Concerns

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Three people were detained in Abilene, Texas, on suspicion of intentionally exposing children to smoke following a disturbing occurrence involving fentanyl, a potent narcotic.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office reports that Aracely Rocha, 22, Jennifer Trevino, 32, and Robert Mason, 33, are being jailed on four counts each of second-degree felony child endangerment.

The investigation unfolded when the trio was pulled over for alleged littering outside the Frontier Inn & Suites in Abilene on January 25. 

During the traffic stop conducted by the Taylor County Narcotics Division, authorities purportedly uncovered fentanyl both in the vehicle and in the diaper bag belonging to a 19-month-old infant traveling with them.

An arrest affidavit received details of the finding of 56 fentanyl pills and other drug accessories connected to the substance’s smoking upon further examination of the car.

Upon searching their accommodations at the hotel, law enforcement found that four adults and four children were residing in two adjoining rooms. 

Fentanyl Use Revealed During Investigation

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Three people were detained in Abilene, Texas, on suspicion of intentionally exposing children to smoke following a disturbing occurrence involving fentanyl, a potent narcotic.

Shockingly, interviews conducted during the investigation revealed that three of the adults had been actively smoking fentanyl in the presence of the children for at least two days. 

Even more disturbingly, it was alleged that one of the adults had deliberately blown fentanyl smoke into the face of the 19-month-old infant in an attempt to silence her cries.

The infant, along with the other three children, was swiftly transported to a nearby hospital due to breathing difficulties, as outlined in the affidavit.

The suspects were subsequently taken into custody and are currently detained at the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office on a $100,000 bond. Additionally, Mason faces an obstruction/retaliation charge.

As the investigation progresses, it remains unclear whether the suspects have secured legal representation. Any suspicions of child abuse should be promptly reported to authorities or the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline for immediate intervention and support.

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