After the alleged incident, the infant had trouble breathing and was hospitalized, authorities say
Three people have been arrested on child endangerment charges after police allegedly found fentanyl in a baby’s diaper bag and claim they learned that fentanyl smoke had been intentionally blown into the face of a 19-month-old infant to stop her from crying.
Robert Mason, 33, Jennifer Trevino, 32, and Aracely Rocha, 22, are being held on four counts each of second-degree felony child endangerment, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation began after the trio were pulled over for allegedly littering in front of the Frontier Inn & Suites in Abilene where they were staying on Jan. 25. The Taylor County Narcotics Division, which conducted the traffic stop, searched the vehicle and allegedly found fentanyl in the vehicle and the baby's diaper bag.
"A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 56 fentanyl pills and multiple items of drug paraphernalia commonly used for smoking fentanyl," alleges an arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office searched their room and discovered that four children and four adults lived in the hotel with two adjoining rooms.
"Interviews revealed three of the four adults were actively involved in smoking fentanyl in the presence of the children for at least the last two days," the affidavit alleges. "Interviews also revealed the adults had knowledge of at least one of the adults blowing fentanyl smoke into the face of the infant to get the child to stop crying."
"The infant was having difficulty breathing" and was taken to a nearby hospital along with the three other children, per the affidavit.
The suspects were transported to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office where they are being held on $100,000 bond.
Mason is also facing a charge of obstruction/retaliation.
They have yet to be charged. It's not clear if any of the suspects have retained attorneys.
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