Missouri woman charged in child's fentanyl death

Associated Press
The Rolla Daily News

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A southeast Missouri woman is jailed after a girl in her care died after ingesting fentanyl.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 35-year-old Stephanie K. Durbin of Cape Girardeau was taken into custody Dec. 11 on a charge of first-degree abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. A phone message left Monday with Durbin's attorney was not immediately returned.

Police were called to Durbin's home on May 17 and the girl was found unresponsive. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined the child died of "acute fentanyl intoxication."

A probable cause statement said a man who was at Durbin's home told police that she was a frequent user of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

Authorities have not disclosed the girl's name, age or her relationship to Durbin or the man.