Police: Couple Charged After 2-Year-Old Ingested Fentanyl

A Mount Holly man and his girlfriend were charged after the man’s 2-year-old son ingested fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Mount Holly Police Chief Richard Spitler.

Ray Drayton, 36, and Melissa R. Wilkerson, 36, have been charged with Aggravated Assault (Second Degree), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Second Degree), and Cruelty and Neglect of Children (Fourth Degree) after the incident caused the child’s brain to swell and prompted the use of Narcan to save his life, authorities said last week.

The investigation began January 13 after Mount Holly police officers were called to the residence for a report of an unresponsive 2-year-old boy. The toddler was breathing in a shallow manner and exhibiting symptoms of a drug overdose. He was transported to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, New Jersey where his breathing improved after Narcan was administered.

Further examination revealed that his brain had begun to swell, and he was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Surgery was performed the following day in an attempt to relieve the swelling. Testing revealed he had ingested fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to officials.

Prosecutors said it is believed the boy came into contact with the drugs from a cotton ball that was contaminated during intravenous drug use at the residence. He remains at CHOP in critical condition.

At a detention hearing last week, a Superior Court judge detained Drayton and released Wilkerson.