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Father arrested after one-year-old infant dies with fentanyl in system in Phoenix

Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 09:37:16-05

A Phoenix man was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the October death of his one-year-old infant.

Officers were called to a home near 35th and Dunlap avenues on October 28 for reports of an infant not breathing, according to court documents.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found an unresponsive one-year-old who was "cold to the touch," court documents state.

The infant was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead.

Investigators on scene spoke to the infant's father, 42-year-old Terrance Rowe, who claimed that he and the infant fell asleep on the couch for half an hour in the evening and woke up to the infant "limp" but was "warm to the touch," according to court documents.

Crews on scene discovered pills that had marking resembling oxycodone, which was later confirmed in a lab to be fentanyl. Rowe denied any knowledge of the pills in the residence, court documents state.

An investigation later revealed that on Rowe's phone, Rowe was attempting to make what investigators believe was a purchase of drugs.

An autopsy of the infant revealed a "high dosage of fentanyl" in its system.

On Tuesday, authorities took Rowe into custody and is being charged with one count of negligent homicide, court documents state.