For the second time in the last week a toddler at the Jersey Shore has overdosed on drugs found in their home, fortunately though, in this latest case a 2-year-old in Wall Township was revived.

A Lacey Township woman was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter among other offenses after her 2-year-old son overdosed and died from ingesting fentanyl.

(Photo Courtesy: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
(Photo Courtesy: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

Natalie Sabie, 34, of Lacey Township was home at the time and had allegedly left the fentanyl out in the open and within reach of her 2-year-old son as well as two other children in the house that day.

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On Wednesday of this week, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced that Sharek White, 46, and Alexis Mistretta, 37, of Wall Township have been charged with second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child after their nearly 2-year-old daughter overdosed on suspected opioids found in the family home on Monday night.

Wall Police responded to the home on the 1100 block of 17th Avenue and found the toddler unresponsive with lifesaving efforts underway which they said continued as the little girl was brought to a hospital.

Ambulance. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Ambulance. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

She was revived, is alert, and is under hospital supervision.

Acting Prosecutor Santiago says the girl may have been exposed to the drugs through a secondary source in the home.

"The child is believed to have been playing with items that had been exposed to opioid narcotics."

White and Mistretta remain in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold pending a detention hearing next Monday while the investigation into their daughter's overdose continues by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Wall Police.

If you have any information that can help in this investigation, you're asked to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jose I. Rodriguez at 800-533-7443 or Wall Township Police Detective Ty Hughes at 732-449-4500, ext. 1191.

Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)

Acting Prosecutor Santiago said that this case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki, Director of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau, but, legal representation for White and Mistretta is not yet known.

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