Toddler Found at NH Truck Stop Died of Fentanyl, Police Say; Parents Arrested

Charges brought against the parents of the little girl include negligent homicide, manslaughter and possession of child pornography

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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.

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.

Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

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 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.

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