Mother Gets Prison Term In Toddler's Fentanyl Overdose Death

Sep 26, 2019

A Pittsburgh mom has been sentenced in the death of her toddler daughter, which authorities say was due to the narcotic fentanyl found in the child's pink sippy cup.

Jhenea Pratt was sentenced Wednesday to five to 10 years in state prison.

The 24-year-old Pratt was convicted in June of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment by an Allegheny County jury that rejected convicting her of first- or third-degree murder.

Prat was charged in the April 2018 death of 17-month-old Charlette Napper-Talley. Authorities said a lethal amount of fentanyl was found in the child's blood,.

Two sippy cups were seized from Pratt's apartment, one of which tested positive for fentanyl. Authorities said Pratt told them she had "no clue" how the drug ended up in her daughter's cup.