Death of Bronx 1-Year-Old Ruled Homicide After Tests Show He Ingested Heroin, Fentanyl

Pictured: Fentanyl pills and heroin seized by the DEA in 2018. Credit: DEA

By Sasha Gonzales
sgonzales@bronxjusticenews.com

The death of a 1-year-old Bronx boy in December has been ruled a homicide after tests showed he had heroin and fentanyl in his system, the NYPD said Wednesday.

Police responding to a 911 call for an unconscious baby in Morris Heights Dec. 27 found Darwin Gonzalez-Santana unresponsive, authorities said.

First responders administered CPR and rushed the child to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

Authorities searching the baby’s home after his death found heroin and fentanyl, as well as cocaine, officials said.

No homicide charges had been filed as of Wednesday, authorities said.

Evidence in the investigation into the baby’s death is expected to be presented to a grand jury in the Bronx, according to a police source.

About Sasha Gonzales 42 Articles
Sasha Gonzales is a Contributing Writer for Bronx Justice News and a Kingsbridge resident. A native of the Bronx, Sasha is an academic researcher interested in the study of multi-generational poverty and income disparities. She is also an aspiring fine arts photographer and avid reader.

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