Detectives: Unresponsive baby was exposed to fentanyl at Everett hotel

An 11-month-old boy lost consciousness Tuesday afternoon. Later, the infant and a twin sibling both tested positive for fentanyl.


EVERETT — Three young children, including two twin babies, were exposed to fentanyl Tuesday in an Everett hotel room with their parents, police said.

Around 2:45 p.m., the parents reported their 11-month-old boy was unconscious at the Holiday Inn at 131 128th St., according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

South County Fire aid crews responded.

The parents reportedly claimed the child had been exposed to chemicals used to clean the suite. The baby, however, was “unresponsive to appropriate medical treatment for chemical exposure,” sheriff’s spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said.

Paramedics then gave the child naloxone, an emergency treatment to reverse an opioid overdose. The infant regained consciousness, according to the sheriff’s office.

The baby, his twin sister and an 11-year-old boy were treated at Providence Regional Medical Everett. The infant twins both “tested presumptive positive” for fentanyl, while the older child tested negative, according to the sheriff’s office.

All three children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives served a search warrant and discovered meth and fentanyl in the hotel room.

No one had been arrested, O’Keefe said. It remained an active investigation Thursday.

Earlier in the month, a 1-year-old girl died after reportedly ingesting her mother’s fentanyl at Sunrise Inn, according to a search warrant filed by a sheriff’s detective. No formal charges have been filed in that case, either.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is many times more potent than heroin or morphine. It’s often pressed into illicit pills that look like prescription opioids.

The county has seen a spike in fentanyl overdoses in minors in recent years. In 2022, 10 people under the age of 19 overdosed from fentanyl, almost double the figure from 2020, according to the county medical examiner’s office.

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