Mom denies rubbing fentanyl on toddler’s gums

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman charged with endangering the welfare of her baby daughter is denying that she rubbed heroin on the child’s gums to help her sleep.

Kimberly Nelligan, of Bangor, tells WLBZ-TV that she “never rubbed anything, any type of heroin, fentanyl, whatever” on her daughter’s gums.

The state medical examiner’s office determined that the cause of death in October 2018 was probable toxic effects of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller.

Jordynn’s father, Shane Smith, told investigators Nelligan routinely rubbed heroin residue on their daughter’s gums.

Nelligan is out of jail on personal recognizance bail and has been ordered to undergo a mental health examination. She’s scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 12.

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