TRAPPE — A Trappe man is facing child neglect and drug charges after police say his infant niece ingested opioids and nearly died of an overdose while allegedly left unattended in his care.
CaDarrin Peterson, 28, is accused of having left his 1-year-old niece and four other children alone Jan. 3 inside an apartment in Trappe, where the infant ingested some contents of what police suspect was a capsule of heroin and fentanyl.
Emergency services personnel responded to the apartment and found the baby unresponsive, not breathing and turning blue. Responders administered CPR to the child and were able to get a steady heartbeat, according to a police report.
The baby was taken to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, where providers administered several doses of naloxone, a medication used to reverse the effects of opioids during an overdose.
Detectives said Peterson told them he found his niece unresponsive upon his return to the apartment and noticed a wet heroin capsule about 5 feet from her.
A search of the apartment yielded more of the suspected heroin and fentanyl capsules. Police said Peterson disclosed that the drugs inside the apartment belonged to him.
Peterson was the only adult present at the time of the infant’s overdose, according to charging documents. He was arrested on Jan. 26 and charged with two counts of controlled dangerous substance possession, reckless endangerment and child neglect.
Peterson was denied bail and is being held at the Talbot County Detention Center, where he is expected to await trial in Talbot County District Court on March 15, according to online court records.