DEPUTIES: Children OD on suspected fentanyl pills given by daycare employee

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Deputies in one Eastern Carolina county are investigating whether children received fentanyl pills from a daycare employee.

Duplin County deputies say Lou Anna’s Child Care Center is cooperating with their investigation.

Last Wednesday, deputies say the two children ended up at ECU Health Duplin Hospital. The children were unresponsive after deputies say they swallowed suspected fentanyl.

Deputies say their investigation shows the two received candy, later determined to be suspected fentanyl pills, from the employee.

Lou Anna’s Child Care is on Summerlin Crossroad Road, northeast of Kenansville.

Parents realized it wasn’t candy, and turned what was left over to deputies.

Fortunately, both children were treated and released from the hospital.

A sign posted last week at the front of the daycare center says no outside snacks are allowed inside the facility “due to recent incidents that occurred”. It says if parents want to celebrate any special occasion, they should contact the director who will then purchase the items they’d like to have.

No one has been arrested at this point in the case.