Kaitlyn Van Dorn and Blake Pavey Venice, Florida couple charged after 21 month old boy in their care overdoses on cocaine. Woman claims boy picked up unknown object while going for walk outside.
A Florida couple has been charged child neglect after authorities found a 21-month-old boy in their care had consumed cocaine and overdosed earlier this year.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in a release said that deputies responded to a 911 call from a Venice home on Jan. 8 shortly before 5:00 p.m. whereby they found the boy unconscious and not breathing. The officers assisted the Sarasota County Fire Department at the scene.
According to the sheriff’s office, 33-year-old Kaitlyn Van Dorn claimed the toddler having picked up an unknown object from the ground and putting it in his mouth before stumbling, becoming limp and losing consciousness.
‘When we get there, the female defendant who’s in the home says, ‘He put something in his mouth while we were on a walk, I don’t know what it was,’’ Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office community affairs director Kaitlyn Perez told Fox News. ‘The area is kind of known for narcotics use, so EMF decided to deploy Naloxone three times on the little boy. And, thank God that they did because he regained full consciousness, was awake and really, really alert.’
Naloxone is designed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Cocaine and fentanyl found inside the couple’s residence
The child was then taken to the hospital for further tests.
Van Dorn claimed that the boy was picking up rocks using a teal bucket and may have picked up a needle cap that she had ‘swatted out of his mouth,’ despite deputies being unable to find the drug paraphernalia.
Upon returning to the home, Van Dorn located the bucket behind a closed door and deputies found a silver spoon and tissue inside. The spoon later tested positive for both cocaine and fentanyl.
Van Dorn’s partner, 34-year-old Blake Pavey, said that he had been sleeping and did not go on a walk with Van Dorn and the boy, but supported his partner’s story.
‘He corroborates her story and says, ‘Yeah, I saw her run through into the house, the baby unconscious, she threw the bucket down by the door and called 911.’ So, he kind of corroborate the story,’ Perez said.
The relationship between the child and the pair was not released by authorities due to legal constraints.
‘Then, we looked through video at different houses and businesses nearby to see what time she went on the walk. Did we see where the child picked something up? None of it ever happened. She never went on a walk. We’re 100% certain on that,’ Perez told FOXNews. ‘So, we’re confident that he ingested the cocaine inside the house at some point.’
Perez said that she does not know if the incident was intentional.
Speaking with FOX13, Pavey reportedly denied the charges against him and called the incident a ‘horrible accident’ and the ‘scariest moment of his life’.
Partnering with Florida’s Department of Children and Families, detectives from the sheriff’s office launched an investigation into the incident and – after subpoenaing medical records from the hospital – confirmed that the child had overdosed on cocaine.
Perez said it took four months to receive the toxicology report.
A warrant was issued for Van Dorn and Pavey’s arrest in May, but it took about a month to locate them.
The child has not been in the care of either Van Dorn or Pavey since January and the pair were arrested on Saturday. As per local reports, the two had previously been arrested for theft at the beginning of May.
While Pavey was released on $15,000 bond, Van Dorn remains in custody without bond related to a Violation of Probation charge.
‘To say this is appalling is an understatement. We are very glad that these two people are behind bars facing felony charges today,’ Perez reiterated.