Aurora man found guilty of child abuse after 3-year-old swallows fentanyl from drug stash

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AURORA | An Aurora man was found guilty of child abuse and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute Wednesday, after his girlfriend’s child swallowed a pill of his containing fentanyl.

The toddler, who survived the overdose in May 2021, was taken to Children’s Hospital Colorado, where medical staff administered three doses of the opioid antagonist drug naloxone.

Antonio Espinosa-Tovar

Antonio Espinosa-Tovar, 29, admitted to investigators that he had been selling pills and knew the child had taken one after finding half of a pill on the floor, according to a press release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

When police searched the Aurora home where ​​Espinosa-Tovar lived with his girlfriend and her children, they found three bags on a shelf holding 71 Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl.

Espinosa-Tovar’s trial in connection with the 2021 incident began Monday, and jurors returned their guilty verdicts on both counts just after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 8.

“We’re grateful that this 3-year-old child was able to recover following Mr. Espinosa-Tovar’s reckless actions,” said District Attorney John Kellner. “While this situation could have ended in tragedy, this man must be held accountable for putting innocent lives in danger. He made a careless choice to leave this deadly poison in a residence where young children were staying.”

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Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown
2 months ago

So what’s the sentencing range on each count?

People are going to want to know whether to hold the judicial system or our legislators and governor accountable should he get off easy.

DENNIS DUFFY
DENNIS DUFFY
2 months ago

Out of curiosity if ,as seen on TV. A minute particle is enough to kill a dozen people how did an infant survive??

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
2 months ago
Reply to  DENNIS DUFFY

“If, as seen on TV” should be all the explanation you need.

I still remember when a quarter ounce of pot was reported as having a “street value” of a bazillion dollars.

But the answer to your question is concentration.