Dec 6, 2017, 10:17 AM ET

2 toddlers hospitalized after ingesting opioids in separate incidents in the Bronx

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Two New York City toddlers ingested drugs and were revived with Narcan in unrelated instances that occurred hours apart in the Bronx.

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Edgardo Rodriguez, 20, was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child after his 1-year-old daughter ingested heroin Saturday morning, police said.

According to the criminal complaint, Rodriguez told police, "I was using heroin in the bed before my kids laid down. My kids were there. Some of it spilled onto the bed. It made a mess. I went to sleep. I don't know how my daughter got in contact with the residue on the bed because I was high."

Hours later Rodriguez and his mother noticed that the child was having difficulty breathing, according to police. She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and was administered three doses of Naloxone and placed on a Narcan drip. The 1-year-old has been transferred to Montefiore Medical Center where she's in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

In a second unrelated incident last Friday night around 11:30 p.m. A mother and father said they were walking with their 18-month-old daughter in the Bronx when the girl picked up a small bag with an unknown substance and ate it, police said. The father wiped the substance from her mouth; moments later she turned a "greenish hue," police said. The little girl had a seizure and was rushed to a hospital where she was given two shots of Narcan, police said.

The New York City Administration for Children's Services said in a statement: “The safety and well-being of New York City’s children is our top priority. ACS and NYPD are actively investigating the events surrounding this incident.”

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  • Thomas

    "I was using heroin in the bed before my kids laid down..."

    Just stop there.

  • ralphpetrillo

    Ask any police officer it is all over the city. Open up some clinics for the thousand of addicts to get treatment immediately.

  • document finesse

    Hope CPS has removed both children from their dangerous homes.

  • E Sverdrup

    We really need to license parents.

  • conservative banned again

    Honestly I hope they both lose custody of their kids. The mother for allowing the idiot drug addict to live around her kids and the dad for just being a stupid drug addict loser.

  • xGreenxDragonx

    At least he admitted to having a problem?

  • momtookie

    So sad, when will this stupidity end? 2 people on my street just died from this, and another one needed Narcan and that house had 4 young children!!

  • disqus_fn5s2QCDp8

    This is heartbreaking. And we are already used to it, and making jokes and political digs instead of giving a darn. Quick, test yourself - how old were these kids? If you can answer that without looking back at the article and you did NOT make this an excuse to say something nasty,... you are probably not a complete jerk.

  • error_does not compute

    "I was using heroin in the bed before my kids laid down. My kids were there. Some of it spilled onto the bed. It made a mess. I went to sleep. I don't know how my daughter got in contact with the residue on the bed because I was high."--- SMH ... can't make this stuff up

  • USAF Retired

    That couple couldn't have been paying close enough attention to their toddler if she picked up something from the ground and put in its mouth before they could stop her.

  • Blkhawksgrl

    2nd story sounds so likely

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    The first guy ought to lose his child/children for being such an irresponsible parent. What a total loser.....

  • TexasVulcan

    Parents addicted to heroin. What could possibly go wrong?