NC pair charged after unresponsive toddler ingests fentanyl, heroin, officials say


Two people are facing child abuse charges after a toddler ingested fentanyl and heroin and was found unresponsive Sunday, North Carolina detectives say.

The incident was reported along McFarland Road as an unresponsive minor child, according to the Scotland County Detective Division.

The toddler was taken to a hospital, where the child is listed in stable condition and is being held for observation, officials said.

Thomas Scott Ivey Sr., 34, and Caitlin Sessoms, 27, are each charged with two counts of felony child abuse by negligence, resulting in serious bodily injury, and felony child abuse by negligence, resulting in serious physical injury. 

“Ivey and Sessoms will receive additional charges related to possession of schedule I and II narcotics, related to MDMA,’ ecstasy’ and heroin,” detectives said in a news release.

Ivey and Sessoms are each being held on a $500,000 secured bond. They have a first court appearance planned for Monday.

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