A New Jersey woman has been charged with child endangerment in relation to the apparent suffocation of her 1-year-old son after the two were found unconscious, with the mother passed out on the boy.
Antoinette King, 33, was charged with second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child after Burlington County prosecutors say she was found passed out on top of him after an apparent drug overdose inside their home on the 300 block of Dove Court in Lumberton.
A relative inside the home called for help around 8:30 p.m. Saturday after finding the mother lying on the toddler, the prosecutor's office said.
Police revived King by administering Narcan, but Jerimiah could not be revived. Both mother and son were taken to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, where the little boy was pronounced dead.
An autopsy will be conducted by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood.
Authorities have not yet determined if the mother was overdosing on drugs at the time.
"The investigation is continuing," the prosecutor's office said.
Jeremiah’s grandmother, who also lives inside the home, was the one who found the toddler and his mother unresponsive and called the police.
Jeremiah’s babysitter who lives next door described him as a lovable baby who just learned to walk.
King has been charged with a second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child, Investigations and the upcoming autopsy results would determine her fate.