FREEHOLD, N.J. (PIX11) — A couple from Wall Township was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child after their toddler apparently overdosed on drugs, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago said Wednesday.
Police on Monday night received a report of a possible overdose on the 1100 block of 17th Avenue. Prosecutors said a 2-year-old girl was found unconscious and rushed to the hospital. She was described as awake while being monitored at the hospital.
Authorities suspect the child was playing with items that had been exposed to opioid narcotics, according to Santiago.
Sharek White, 46, and Alexis Mistretta, 37, were both arrested in connection with the incident. The charges against White and Mistretta include one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree.
The case is a joint investigation with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wall Township Police Department. If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact 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.