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Mother arrested after 9-month-old son exposed to fentanyl, accused of smuggling drug into jail

Elizabeth Marie Irvin, 30, faces multiple charges after she allegedly admitted to having...
Elizabeth Marie Irvin, 30, faces multiple charges after she allegedly admitted to having fentanyl in her home. Her 9-month-old son was treated for exposure to the drug.(Washoe Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 12:52 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2021 at 4:39 PM CST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO/Gray News) - A 9-month-old boy from Nevada was treated with Narcan after exposure to the drug fentanyl, according to sheriff’s officials. The child’s mother was arrested on multiple charges.

First responders received a medical call for a child at a home in Reno, Nevada, about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, KOLO reports. Responding firefighters found a 9-month-old boy not breathing, but they were able to resuscitate him.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed paramedics used the opioid antidote Narcan on the boy. They did not publicly state the child’s condition.

Paramedics determined the child had been exposed to fentanyl. Since the drug is a powder, it can get into the air or fall on the floor. The call was upgraded to a hazardous materials response at 10 a.m.

Truckee Meadows Fire Rescue crews says a woman admitted to having fentanyl in the home. The sheriff’s office identified the woman as the boy’s mother, 30-year-old Elizabeth Irvin.

Irvin is in the Washoe County Jail on charges of failure to appear after bail on a felony crime (two counts), violation of conditions of bail release, possession of schedule I/II drugs, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

She’s also charged with child abuse with substantial bodily harm, child abuse or neglect and destroying/concealing evidence, the Washoe County Jail website shows.

The sheriff’s office says Irvin smuggled a drug into the jail and caused a hazardous materials situation Wednesday morning.

Irvin and another unnamed inmate ingested an unknown substance, believed to be fentanyl. The unidentified inmate was unresponsive. When medical staff administered the anti-opiate drug Narcan, the inmate became responsive.

Her intake search and subsequent X-ray scan did not detect anything, an official said.

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