(KRON) — A father in San Jose has been charged within the deadly opioid overdose of his child daughter, the Santa Clara County District Lawyer’s Workplace introduced Friday. The three-month outdated child’s physique was present in an house “plagued by opioids,” in line with the DA.
An post-mortem confirmed that the child, whose identify was Phoenix, died from ingesting methamphetamine and fentanyl.
The infant’s father, 38-year-old David Anthony Castro, was charged with felony youngster neglect and possession of a managed substance, a misdemeanor. Castro is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Division 43 of the Corridor of Justice in San Jose.
If convicted, he faces time in jail.
“I can’t fathom how a mother or father may recklessly trigger the demise of their very own youngster,” District Lawyer Jeff Rosen stated. “What I totally perceive is our duty to carry that particular person accountable for this heartbreaking tragedy.”
Officers with the San Jose Police Division responded on Could 13, 2023 to a house on Spinnaker Walkway and located Phoenix unconscious. Fentanyl, damaged glass pipes and aluminum foil had been discovered littering the house’s kitchen space, police stated.
Officers additionally situated a child bottle full of liquid subsequent to the glass pipes on the kitchen counter. Police additionally discovered Narcan — a drug used to revive folks from fentanyl overdoses.
Phoenix was later pronounced useless. The toddler’s mom was not at house when the child died. The mom additionally died of an overdose final month.