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Mom charged in toddler’s OD death from fentanyl

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A Fort Wayne mother bonded out of jail after being charged with four felonies related to the fentanyl overdose death of her toddler.

Tuesday afternoon, 22-year-old Kiara Johnson walked out of her first court hearing where she was preliminarily charged in the overdose death of her two-year-old son.

She had already posted her bond of $37,500.

22-year-old Kiara Johnson is charged with four felonies in the fentanyl OD death of her toddler.

Court documents show that she called 911 September 29th when she found little Terris and his three-year-old sister unconscious in their bedroom at the Centennial Townhome Apartments on the city's southeast side.

She apparently told the dispatcher they ingested her Percocet pills.

The court papers say the first officers on the scene gave the toddlers Narcan and began CPR, but Terris died once he got to the hospital. His sister survived.

Two-year-old Terris Johnson died after ingesting his mother's fentanyl, court documents say.

Johnson allegedly told detectives she bought Percocet on the street that she knew contained fentanyl, and that she typically takes two at a time for depression and smokes marijuana every day.

The court documents say she told officers she'd been sitting on her bed, playing games on her phone, while a bag of marijuana and a bag of the blue pills were in the middle of the bed as her kids climbed on it.

The papers say she told the kids to go play in their room because she was playing games on her phone, then found them later.

"We don't think it would happen to us, and I think this is one of the wake up calls for this community to go 'hey, this does happen to us.," Dee Szyndrowski said.

She's the CEO of SCAN or Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, and says kids are naturally inquisitive, so you need to keep potentially harmful things away from them.

"If your physicians are prescribing you medication, there are places you can go to get lock boxes, or making sure that our medication is out of reach of children and maybe even our adolescents, as well," she said.

Court documents outline how officers found pills laying on the floor in the bathroom, Johnson's bedroom, and in the children's room with nearly two dozen of the pills on the children's bed.

Two-year-old died after overdosing on fentanyl, court records show (wpta21.com)

On top of that, investigators also reported a strong smell of urine throughout the apartment; feces smeared on the walls of the kids' room; moldy, rotten food in their room, the master bedroom, and kitchen; and a loaded AR-15 next to the master bed with a round in the chamber and a loaded magazine in the gun.

They also said the floor in the kids' room was covered with trash, toys, and clothing, and that the closets were packed three feet high with items and plastic bags.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards visits the scene to see it for herself after two-year-old Terris Johnson died when he took his mother's fentanyl pills.

Kiara Johnson is charged with four felonies: neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, and neglect that endangers the dependent, as well as possession of a narcotic drug.

Her case is expected to be bumped up to felony court on Friday.

You can call SCAN for help with your children at (260) 421-5000.

If you know a child is being abused or neglected, call this hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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