Mom Convicted Of Putting Fentanyl In Daughter's Cup So She Could Smoke Weed

Jhenea Pratt was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 17-month-old daughter.

Pittsburgh, PA – A Pennsylvania mother accused of putting a fatal dose of fentanyl in her toddler’s sippy cup showed no emotion as she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday.

Seventeen-month-old Charlette Napper-Talley died on April 5, 2018, after she consumed what her mother called a “happy drink,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The medical examiner found the presence of fentanyl in the deceased little girl’s blood, and the inside of her pink sippy cup also tested positive for the drug.

Detectives said that there was enough fentanyl in the baby’s cup to “kill two horses,” WBAL reported.

Charlette’s death was ruled as a homicide due to fentanyl poisoning, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The toddler’s mother, 23-year-old Jhenea Pratt, allegedly told police that she gave her daughter the cup and put her to bed, but denied having placed anything inside except a fruit-flavored “happy drink,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Pratt said she left her daughter’s room and smoked marijuana, then checked on the toddler about an hour later.

That’s when she discovered her baby wasn’t breathing and called 911, she claimed.

Pratt’s attorney, Brandon Herring, blamed the child’s death on her boyfriend, Albert Williams.

Williams and Pratt both denied having transported, stored, or used fentanyl or heroin, according to police.

But investigators also discovered that Williams had been having packages of fentanyl sent to his mother’s residence, Pratt’s attorney said.

Although Williams had been looking after Charlette earlier in the day, investigators said that the little girl would have succumbed to the effects of the drug far earlier if he had been the one who gave it to her.

“If Charlette had ingested fentanyl during the time frame Williams had her she would have died very shortly after ingesting it,” police said in the criminal complaint.

"[The] defense wants you to believe [Mr. Williams] has something to do with Charlette's death, but why? Why would he harm her child when he has kids of his own that he takes care of?" Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Diana Page asked the jury.

Page said that the truth of the matter was that Pratt simply wanted to “sit back, relax and smoke marijuana."

"That baby was getting in the way of her enjoying her pastime,” the prosecutor declared.

Herring argued that Pratt might “smoke weed every now and then,” but claimed she also worked hard to take care of her baby as a single mother.

Pratt told investigators that she had no idea how fentanyl got into her daughter’s cup, and said that it must have occurred where the fruit-drink was manufactured.

During closing arguments, Page said that Charlette’s murder was not a random incident, but that the drug was added to her cup with a “specific intent to kill.”

The jury found Pratt not guilty of first- and third-degree homicide, which were possible alternatives within the general homicide offense, WBAL reported.

Pratt was convicted of endangering the welfare of her child and involuntary manslaughter, and is expected to be sentenced within the next three months.

She will remain in jail until her sentencing.

Comments (38)
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JBo
JBo

What the hell is wrong with people?

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Perhaps burgers allday can shed some light on this. But he tends to cherry pick the stories he comments on. We will see.

RetNCPD
RetNCPD

I hope they tear her up in prison. FN animal.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Little ones born into these families don't have a prayer. Her Mom killed her but she's welcomed into heaven. Such a shame, I hope she didn't suffer

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

This is what passes as "normal" parental behavior in this community. ...and unfortunately babies suffer and die as a result. Who protects this babies before they die or otherwise harmed as a result of these types of "parental "actions?

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

Part of her punishment should be that she is NEUTERED like the animal she is...cause she SURE IS NOT a human, adult, but most of all she is NO MOTHER...…

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This is why the death penalty should always be a viable punishment.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Black Lives Matter? What say you?

mollynewlon
mollynewlon

This woman needs permanent birth control

sammysanchezocasio
sammysanchezocasio

Involuntary manslaughter is defined as an unintentional killing that results either from criminal negligence or the commission of a low-level criminal act such as a misdemeanor. Involuntary manslaughter is distinguished from other forms of homicide because it does not require deliberation or premeditation, or intent. She'll probably get 6 months probation.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Pray her cellmates find out reason she is there..and handle it the prison way

Bulldog
Bulldog

Praying that the inmates where she is locked up give her the Justice she so richly deserves!

61mouse
61mouse

Clear the streets for the BLM protest ......NOT !!!!!

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

She should be sterilized and made sure she has never has access to a child again. So much for pot being harmless.

redpill
redpill

The New York state legislature celebrated and lit up the Empire State Building when they heard the news of this baby's death and said "this was just a very, very late term abortion, which is the reproductive rights of every mother who just wants to smoke weed with HER body!" /sarc

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Giving your baby Fentanyl so you can smoke dope....but weed is so harmless, let’s legalize it....fuck sakes. Special place in hell for this bitch.

Bonmar
Bonmar

There was nothing "involuntary" in her actions! No one forced her to put that drug in her child's sippy cup!

militans Deo
militans Deo

Give her some weed with fentanyl sprinkled in and check back on her in a few hours.