8-Year-Old Kentucky Boy’s Death Ruled as Fentanyl Overdose, Stepfather Charged with Manslaughter

An investigation into the tragic death of 8-year-old Trey Harris in Kentucky has revealed that he died from a fentanyl overdose, contrary to initial beliefs that it was an allergic reaction to strawberries. The boy’s stepfather, Antonio Person, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the overdose, according to authorities.

Trey Harris, a student at an elementary school in Madisonville, passed away last month due to “fentanyl intoxication,” as confirmed by officials. The investigation revealed that Person, aged 33, had drugs inside their shared residence, leading to his subsequent arrest on drug trafficking and illegal gun possession charges.

The circumstances surrounding how the child came into contact with the deadly opioid remain unclear. Officer Brandon Holeman stated that it is yet to be determined whether the ingestion was intentional or accidental. The investigation is ongoing, with authorities working to establish how Trey Harris was exposed to fentanyl.

On the night of March 14, after consuming strawberries at a high school fundraiser, Trey developed a rash. His family administered Benadryl and bathed him before seeking medical attention. Following treatment, the boy was brought home from the hospital around 1:30 a.m. the next day. However, when his family tried to wake him for school hours later, he was unresponsive and later pronounced dead.

Initially, it was suspected that the strawberries were the cause of Trey’s death, prompting the Hopkins County health department to issue an advisory to discard strawberries purchased at the event. However, the federal Food and Drug Administration has since declared the strawberries harmless.

Antonio Person, identified as Trey’s stepfather in his obituary, now faces a manslaughter charge in addition to the previous drug trafficking and illegal gun possession charges. Trey Harris was remembered as a fun-loving child who enjoyed playing pranks on his mother and dreamed of becoming a police officer to help others.

Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. How can we prevent tragedies like the death of Trey Harris from happening in the future, especially when misdiagnosis or misinformation can lead to fatal consequences?

  2. This is absolutely outrageous and heartbreaking! How could anyone let an innocent 8-year-old child die from a fentanyl overdose? It is beyond comprehension that the initial belief was an allergic reaction to strawberries, completely overlooking the real cause of death. This is a clear example of negligence and incompetence on the part of those responsible for Trey’s safety and well-being.

    It is infuriating to think that someone could have easily prevented this tragedy if they had taken the necessary precautions and properly investigated the circumstances surrounding Trey’s

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