Three months after her death at a truck stop in New Hampshire, police have announced what killed a nearly 2-year-old toddler and that her parents have been arrested in the case.
The girl died of acute fentanyl intoxication, Londonderry police said Wednesday. First responders rushed her to a hospital and pronounced dead after being found unconscious at the RMX Truck Stop off I-93 on Nov. 16. She was 1 year and 9 months old, and her name has not been released.
Mark Geremia, a 32-year-old from Northfield, New Hampshire, was arrested on 11 charges, including negligent homicide, manslaughter and possession of child pornography, police said Wednesday.
Shawna Cote, a 29-year-old from Tilton, New Hampshire, was arrested on eight charges, the same ones brought against Geremia except the child pornography charges.
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A prosecutor said at a court hearing that Geremia stopped to take a cigarette break in the middle of doing CPR on his daughter at the truck stop.
Lawyers entered not guilty pleas for Geremia and Cote. Judge David Ruoff ordered them detained until trial, saying they were a danger to the community and ordered them not to have contact with their other children, including a boy that Cote gave birth to a few weeks ago and a nearly 5-year-old daughter.
Anyone with information about the case may contact lead investigator Detective Sergeant Daniel Hurley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 603-425-5922, or sent in anonymously by calling the Londonderry Police Department's tip line at 603-425-5999.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.