Parents charged in toddler’s fentanyl overdose set for March hearing

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The parents of a toddler who suffered a fentanyl overdose two years ago are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in March, court records show.

John Lawson, the father of the then-1-year-old boy who overdosed and survived, had a hearing Friday morning in which his preliminary hearing was set for March 12 — the same date as Gabriella Goldberg, the boy’s mother.

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Both are charged with felony child cruelty and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to court records. Goldberg also faces a charge of destroying or concealing evidence.

An investigation began on Jan. 15, 2022, after the boy was rushed to a hospital.

Lawson admitted he and Goldberg smoked fentanyl before the child was dropped off at their apartment on Kroll Way near Gosford Road, according to a court filing. He said they were lying down when the child left the bed.

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They later found him motionless on the floor.

“It was later discovered (the toddler) was possibly exposed to fentanyl from a straw (drug paraphernalia) found a few inches from where he was found,” an investigator wrote in the filing.

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