Rochester Mother Pleads Not Guilty to Child Endangerment Charge

The Rochester mother whose baby choked Sunday on a plastic bag containing fentanyl has pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge. Angeline DeJesus is accused of leaving the 9-month-old boy named Prince with known drug users -- his grandparents.

DeJesus is now living elsewhere and will continue to have custody of Prince and his twin brother. Prosecutor Leslie Schildt says that's because DeJesus knew her parents' house was dangerous for children and was trying to move elsewhere when the accident happened. She says Child Protective Services, police and her office are convinced the children are safe.

Court documents say DeJesus at first didn't tell first responders there had been drugs in the plastic bag, but later told police on the way to the hospital. The infant was revived and was given the anti-opioid drug Narcan. 

 The grandparents are charged with drug possession and child endangerment.


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