Two Babysitters Charged After Toddler Dies Of Fentanyl Overdose

A 16-month-old toddler, Kingston Jenkins, died of an overdose of fentanyl last year in North Carolina, and her two babysitters were convicted of his death.

Haley Godshall and Daisy Bare were babysitting their friend’s 16-month-old toddler when Bare pulled out a bag of fentanyl. Both women used the drug, fell asleep, and woke up to something being terribly wrong with Jenkins who had fallen asleep in between his babysitters.

Jenkins was taken to the hospital where he died later that night.

Godshall pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter along with drug-related charges. She will spend somewhere between four and seven years in prison for her role in Jenkins’ death. Bare is scheduled for sentencing on October 24.

Alexia Jenkins, Kingston’s mother, said, “I lost my son, but I also lost someone I trusted, a friend, someone I loved. I wish things could have been more careful. I don’t hate anyone.”

Fentanyl is a drug that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine and was developed for patients with advanced stages of cancer. In recent months and years, illegal fentanyl dealers have learned to pass it off as heroin causing, according to the CDC, more than 71,000 deaths from fentanyl overdoses.

While getting fentanyl off the streets is an obvious bipartisan goal, the method for doing so has been the subject of much debate. Republicans, as a general rule, believe that closing the border as tightly as possible is the only way to keep Fentanyl off the streets. Fentanyl is cheap and easy to produce and has made its way across the southern border in huge quantities.

One of the five major points on President Biden’s “Plan to End The Opioid Crisis” is “Stem the flow of illicit drugs, like fentanyl and heroin, into the United States – especially from China and Mexico.”

With that being one of the key aspects of the Biden plan, more than 2.2 million people were encountered at the border in fiscal year 2022 alone. The highest number of encounters during the Trump Administration was 750,000.