Parents Charged in Death of Toddler, Autopsy Revealed Meth and Fentanyl
Last updated 4/11/2022 at 8:14pm
NEW PORT RICHEY – Police have made two arrests in the January 6th death of a 4-month-old child.
According to officials, New Port Richey Police responded to the home of 24-year-old John Randall Valliquette and 26-year-old Andrea Lynn Smarr, after reports that their son was deceased.
Detectives discovered the child in his crib with no signs of obvious trauma but with white mucous coming from the child's mouth and nose.
Detectives collected several items at the scene, including methamphetamine, fentanyl, and drug paraphernalia.
Upon further investigation, detectives located surveillance video that shows the child placing a piece of foil in his mouth that he found on the couch. The foil was later determined to contain meth and fentanyl.
Valliquette is seen on video falling asleep while standing up and Smarr is seen carrying a meth pipe around the house at the time of the incident.
An autopsy revealed levels of Methamphetamine and Fentanyl that would result in the child's death.
Both parents have been charged with Aggravated Manslaughter.