COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Authorities have charged a 60-year-old Ohio woman in the death of a 12-year-old boy who a coroner says died from a fentanyl overdose during a sleepover at her apartment.
Sheila Hutchins was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the death of Kanye Champelle in July. The Columbus woman remains held on a $50,000 bond after a Franklin County Municipal Court hearing Saturday.
Emergency crews were called to the apartment after the boy reportedly started choking and found him unconscious. He died two days later at a hospital.
It remains unclear how he was exposed to the powerful synthetic opioid during a sleepover birthday party for a cousin or whose drugs they were.
Hutchins’ public defender couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.
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