Sheriff’s detectives investigating death of child in Martha Lake neighborhood

Deputies responded to an apartment in the 16400 block of 6th Avenue West Nov. 12.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the Nov 12 death of a 2-year-old boy in the Martha Lake neighborhood believed to be related to fentanyl exposure.

Deputies responded to a residence in the 16400 block of 6th Avenue West in unincorporated Lynnwood around 4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 for a report of an unresponsive 2-year-old, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said. Deputies at the scene performed lifesaving measures until aid units arrived. The boy was transported by aid to Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, where he was pronounced dead.

Patrol deputies requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit. “During the investigation, detectives discovered the child was in the care of his 40-year-old mother the evening of Nov. 11 and the morning of Nov. 12,” O’Keefe said. “Shortly after the mother and the child arrived at the apartment, the child became unresponsive.

Detectives recovered drug paraphernalia, suspected heroin and suspected fentanyl from the scene. The vehicle belonging to the child’s mother was also impounded as evidence.

Detectives believe the child’s death is likely due to fentanyl exposure, O’Keefe said.

Positive identification of the child, as well as the cause and manner of death, will come from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

  1. Dear God how many innocent chilren will we lose? I was a licensed foster parent in two states for over 20 years. In my experience the system has always been defective, so much power. predjudice and attitude on the part of childrens services, more bad decisions then good. I adopted 2 of my fosters and spent 25 years working in social services so I speak from experience. I still remember 20+ years ago a judge in Seattle was quoted as saying drugs do not equal a bad parent, they sure as HELL prevent a good one!!!

  2. How many drug deaths are enough? How many policy warnings are enough? Society provided this opportunity and seems to be just fine with the degradation of anything that really matters. Play with the ARPA funds and make believe anyone other than government benefits.

  3. I retired from teaching after a twenty four year career. During those years I saw the good Social Workers get burned out and quit or retire early. I recently saw the current head of DSHS on the news spewing the same bureaucratic jargon that they were in the late 80″s saying “we are aware of this problem and are working to resolve it ” Maybe it’s time for the Feds to step down and hire some new players. Perhaps the state should look to non- profits like Childhaven or Mary”s Place or others to take on the job of rescuing our most vulnerable?

  4. This issue is as local as it gets. Expecting people three thousand miles away to be a solution makes as much sense as sending them countless amounts of money then electing people to beg for some of it back. These are our neighbors. The policy of ignoring drug problems in our county and simply containing drug related crime to certain neighborhoods is failing the poor people who have to live there.

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