Mother Accused Of Killing 1-Year-Old By Rubbing Heroin On Her Gums Gets PR Bond

Kimberly Nelligan's one-year-old daughter, Jordynn, died of acute fentanyl intoxication in October of 2018.

Bangor, ME – A Maine mother accused of killing her toddler by rubbing heroin on her gums to make her sleep was released from jail on her own recognizance on Wednesday.

Kimberly Nelligan, 33, has been charged with misdemeanor offenses of child endangerment and drug possession in connection with her daughter’s death one year ago, the Bangor Daily News reported.

During her court appearance on Wednesday, Nelligan mouthed vulgar phrases and made obscene gestures at reporters, WCSH reported.

She pleaded not guilty, and was not required to pay anything in order to walk out of jail.

Nelligan’s one-year-old daughter, Jordynn, was already dead when first responders arrived at Nelligan’s parents’ home on Oct. 10, 2018, for a report of a child who was not breathing, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The toddler’s body was transported to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, where it was ultimately determined that she died from acute fentanyl intoxication.

The Maine medical examiner’s office told investigators that Jordynn would have had to have directly ingested the drug in order for it to kill her, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The synthetic opioid, which can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is often mixed with heroin to increase the “euphoric effects” of the drug, according to the New York Post.

Nelligan initially denied having used opioids, but later confessed that she was snorting heroin weekly for approximately two months before her daughter died, according to police, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The little girl’s father, Shane Smith, told investigators that he saw Nelligan rub the powder on their baby’s gums approximately 15 times during that two-month period in order to help Jordynn with sleep and stomach upset, WCSH reported.

Smith said that Nelligan had done the same thing with her two older children when they were babies, and that she had not intended to harm their daughter, according to the Bangor Daily News.

District Attorney Marianne Lynch declined to comment on whether or not Smith could face charges in connection with Jordynn’s death.

Lynch said that the Maine Attorney General’s Office prosecutes murder offenses and that her office has been in contact with them about Jordynn’s case.

“These are very serious, very difficult cases, and in some instances the law isn’t really designed to address issues like this,” Lynch told the Bangor Daily News. “If things change at some point, there is still a possibility for other charges to come forward, but at this point these are the charges we are confident we can go forward with.”

She explained that Maine does not have a felony-level child endangerment law.

The judge released Nelligan on her own recognizance, and ordered her to have no unsupervised contact with minors, WCSH reported.

She was also prohibited from having contact with Smith, and must abstain from drugs, with the exception of marijuana.

Nelligan faces up to one year in jail if she is convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment, the Bangor Daily News reported.

She faces up to 180 days in jail if she is convicted of the drug offense.

Nelligan’s next court appearance has been scheduled for Nov. 12.

Comments (53)
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Justretired
Justretired

Holy Hell, PR bond? That POS needs the death penalty. These inhumane subhumans dont deserve children.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

How about negligent homicide? Good lord.

JBo
JBo

Misdemeanors? Recog? For murder of a toddler? You've got to be kidding!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Failing to pick up dog poop is a misdemeanour. Drunkenly peeing in the street is a misdemeanour. Killing your child with a potent narcotic is a display of Satanic hatred. She is laughing at a society too scared to exercise correct jurisprudence. The system blinked first. She is dirt, and proud of it.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

So, if I am an Alcoholic and get stopped for drive drunk, or killing someone in an crash, does that mean I too can get a pass??? Yeah, this judge needs to be REMOVED and this Killer needs to meet JUSTICE.

Lonnam
Lonnam

Time for the people of Maine to step up for this little girl who lost her chance at life and change the laws.. and bring this undeniable piece of horse crap of a mother back to court on premeditated murder..

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

It seems that white women nowadays stand a fighter's chance of killing their babies and walking. There was another story just a couple days ago, wasn't there?

How many Casey Anthonys are there??

TMHS
TMHS

Please do not refer to this POS as a Mother...tha nk you

hoss377
hoss377

This POS needs to be given enough fentanyl to insure her demise.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

One word----- Karma

Sworn to Serve
Sworn to Serve

It is Maine.....libtard central.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

They should give her a permanent hysterectomy.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

I live in Maine, have worked in corrections and law enforcement. I don’t understand why she hasn’t been charged with manslaughter. This clearly meets the definition of manslaughter under our laws. And for the judge to let her walk on pr bail? Ludicrous!

Title 17-A: MAINE CRIMINAL CODE Part 2: SUBSTANTIVE OFFENSES Chapter 9: OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON §204 §203. Manslaughter

  1. A person is guilty of manslaughter if that person: A. Recklessly, or with criminal negligence, causes the death of another human being. Violation of this paragraph is a Class A crime
Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

She needs to spend the rest of her life in jail. They will take care of her there.

ikaika
ikaika

This is the THIRD child she's done this to? What the fuck is wrong with that judge that he let this pos out? Oh sure, she'll abstain from drugs. Let's hope she ODs. I agree that manslaughter would be a more appropriate charge. She doesn't deserve to be breathing our air.

Mrdan
Mrdan

Someone should rub it on her gumball until this pos goes to sleep permanently. the judge & the prosecutor should be removed also

Vinny6922
Vinny6922

I find it hard to fathom that this low life scumbag is out on a PR bond and has no pending felonies. She killed her child. Geez.

Cecbpafs
Cecbpafs

Many in this country have accepted the lie it's ok to kill an unborn as long as it's done just before birth. Is it any wonder what the next step is? In essence, the court is saying this baby's life wasn't really worth anything. If America doesn't wake up the day is coming when the helpless, the aged, the disabled, etc are in danger of elimination. Anyone, in your estimation, whose life isn't productive or who require constant care can be euthanized. It's a slippery slope.

The man she's living with says she did this to her older kids and they made it just fine. I doubt the drug of choice had the ultra-powerful fentanyl. At the very least this should be manslaughter.

Now that she's released on her own with no bond, do they think she'll abide by the terms of her release? I don't. I pray she will not have another child. Lord have mercy.

Tpr365
Tpr365

Judges need to be held accountable for their BS decisions.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! This judge needs to resign!! She murdered her child and admitted to giving drugs to her other children!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Firstly, I see a fail to appear warrant in her future. Secondly, if and when she gets convicted I see a probable sentence of a few months of probation. The injustice system is a joke.

sizzle937
sizzle937

Oh hell no. Execute her tomorrow Fire the dumbass judge

Shadylady62
Shadylady62

Maine needs to pass FELONY level child endangerment laws, although I believe this woman’s crime rises closer to the level of negligent homicide. In addition, her significant other, Mr Smith, stated that she had done the same in the past with two older children, evidently without killing them somehow. Mr Smith admitted to being an accessory to the fact and did nothing to stop her or report her to authorities.

Shoken7373
Shoken7373

This is unbelievable. I don't know what to say.

Jmblaw
Jmblaw

This MUST be the case to force Maine to CHANGE THEIR DAMN LAWS. NO FELONY CHILD ENDANGERMENT LAWS IN PLACE? It's not 1855 and this is so disgusting. The fact these HALF ASSED LAWYERS believe they can only make a misdemeanor stick is so wrong. No child endangerment felony laws? Then go for MANSLAUGHTER or at the very least INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. ANY JURY WOULD CONVICT AND THEN GIVE HER THE FULLEST SENTENCE ALLOWED. DAMN THIS IS SO WRONG

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

And you wonder whats wrong with the world? How about dealing with these sick bastards instead of koddling them.

Grog
Grog

She needs to be FRIED!!!!!!!!!

sandyj2u
sandyj2u

Ridiculous...no way in hell. And can use marijuana?? That is a drug, too.

amdguru
amdguru

I say it almost weekly. More female privilege.

Cathyann
Cathyann

It is not child endangerment , it is 2nd degree murder, child abuse to include the other 2 children. So it's ok to give your babies heroin? To get them addicted or dead ?? She needs lots of time. 1 yr is a slap in the face for justice for this baby.

RB2207
RB2207

A whole 180 days in jail for killing a 1 yr old...wow.

Bubba B
Bubba B

Hang her up from the nearest tree!!!

Tina8
Tina8

🤔🤔🤔 that's murder

Trishalynn
Trishalynn

This is ridiculous! This animal needs the death penalty and that baby deserves justice, what has the world come to when you can get life or worse for drunk driving and killing someone but someone rubs a deadly narcotics on a helpless babys gums and kills her and that person gets to walk free??? SMDH! The system is so screwed up, god bless all these babies....😪