Monday afternoon, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a mother, two years after the death of her 8-month-old. The mother, 30-year-old Erika Wahab, was arrested after drugs were found in her son’s system.
On Jan. 9, 2020, deputies reported to a home in Saddlebrooke, which is about 25 miles north of Tucson and found an 8-month-old baby wasn’t breathing. The baby was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
The toxicology report showed the baby had a significant level of fentanyl in his blood and traces of cocaine. According to deputies, Wahab admitted to using fentanyl pills and cocaine with her boyfriend in the home.
“The fentanyl crisis takes hundreds of lives in Arizona each year. To have an innocent child become another victim of this epidemic is beyond heartbreaking,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “If you need any more evidence that we have to do something as a country about the flood of illegal drugs coming across our southern border, let this be it.”
Wahab has been booked on charges of second-degree murder and child abuse. She is being held on a $100,000 bond.