Death of 1-year-old boy who ingested heroin, fentanyl deemed a homicide: police

MORRIS HEIGHTS, the Bronx — Authorities are investigating the death of a 1-year-old Bronx baby after police say he ingested heroin and fentanyl.

The death of a baby on Dec. 27, 2018, is being investigated as a homicide, according to police. (PIX11)

On Dec. 27, 2018, officers responded to a call of an unconscious infant in front of 1880 University Ave. in Morris Heights.

Officers observed 1-year-old Darwin Gonzalez-Santana unconscious and unresponsive at the location and began to administer CPR, police said.

He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, police announced his death was deemed a homicide.

According to the medical examiner,  Gonzalez-Santana died from acute fentanyl, acetylfentanyl, heroin, dextromethorphan and chlorpheniramine intoxication.

Heroin, cocaine and fentanyl were also found in the child’s home, police said.

Residents were arrested on drug-related charges in December, sources tell PIX11. Charges are expected to be upgraded to murder.

The relationship of those arrested to Gonzalez-Santana was not immediately known, and officials have not said if the baby is believed to have accidentally ingested the drugs or was forced to ingest the drugs.

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