A Winston-Salem man was indicted Monday on charges that he exposed his baby to illegal drugs, resulting in the girl going into cardiac arrest after she ingested cocaine and fentanyl.
The baby survived the incident.
Felix Flores Ramirez, 22, of Green Oaks Court, was indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury on one count of felony child abuse by a reckless act or negligent omission, causing serious bodily injury.
According to the indictment, the alleged offense happened on Sept. 3, 2017. The indictment alleges that Ramirez used cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in front of his daughter, Ariluz Flores, who was 11 months old at the time. Ramirez is also accused of allowing others to use and possess cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in his daughter’s presence.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiod used in hospitals to treat severe pain. It is so potent that accidentally touching or breathing a tiny amount can be deadly.
The indictment alleges that Ramirez’s actions led to his daughter’s cardiac arrest.
A call to the Winston-Salem Police Department, which investigated the incident, for more details, including the girl’s present condition, was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.