A mother has been charged with murdering her two-year-old son, who died after overdosing on fentanyl.
She is additionally charged with possessing for sale a controlled substance and child abuse resulting in great bodily injury, according to the criminal complaint.
On Sept. 20, the boy was found unresponsive in a home in Brentwood, in northern California, and later, died that day.
An autopsy revealed that the boy died of acute fentanyl toxicity according to authorities.
The alleged overdose caused the boy to become “comatose due to brain injury and to suffer paralysis,” the complaint says.
But the complaint does not clearly state how exactly the child came in contact with the drug.
However, it does state how Barrerra-Galdemez allegedly “did unlawfully and with malice aforethought murder Jasani Kerry, Jr., a human being.”
It also says that she allegedly did “permit said child to be placed in such situation that his/her person and health was/were endangered.”
Barrera-Galdamez has not yet entered a plea.
The boy’s family says he “was a brief, beautiful gift from God who touched the lives of loved ones, and strangers alike,” according to his online obituary.
“He left footprints on all of our hearts. Baby Sani was such a special boy, whose smile brightened up any room and warmed everyone’s hearts. Sani was always happy whether he was playing with his cars or throwing balls. He also loved playing with balloons.”
“Baby Sani was full of energy running up and down our hallways. He loved jumping on the bed. Watching him explore and excelling at all of his milestones was such a joy. He made us all very proud.”
“Although his time with us was cut too short, Baby Sani leaves a lifetime of love and memories. He will live on through all of those who loved him dearly.”
Barrera-Galdamez’s sister created a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.