Father Sues LA Child Services Over One-Year-Old Son’s Fentanyl Overdose Death During Custody Battle

Father Sues LA Child Services Over One-Year-Old Son's Fentanyl Overdose Death During Custody Battle
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A Cal­i­for­nia father has filed a $65 mil­lion law­suit against the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices after his one-year-old son over­dosed on fen­tanyl while in their care. 

The tod­dler, Justin, was on an approved vis­it to his moth­er’s home when he died on Feb­ru­ary 18. The Los Ange­les Coun­ty Med­ical Exam­in­er deter­mined the cause of death was the effects of fentanyl.

The child’s father, Mon­tise Bul­ley, was fight­ing for cus­tody of Justin at the time. Bul­ley alleges that a social work­er was present in the home when the over­dose occurred but fled the scene. 

The inves­ti­ga­tion revealed the child’s moth­er and grand­fa­ther were drink­ing and using drugs while Justin and his two sib­lings were visiting.

Accord­ing to the legal fil­ing, there were “mas­sive red flags” in this case, and the wel­fare agency “played Russ­ian roulette with the lives of Justin and his siblings.” 

Bul­ley’s attor­ney claims the vis­it should nev­er have been allowed giv­en the moth­er’s crim­i­nal his­to­ry, which includes con­vic­tions for drunk dri­ving and child endangerment.

No arrests have been made in Justin’s death, but the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Depart­ment is inves­ti­gat­ing the case. 

The heart­bro­ken father says he just wants his son back and that the mon­ey is not his pri­ma­ry con­cern. This trag­ic case high­lights the grow­ing cri­sis of fen­tanyl over­dos­es and the need for stronger safe­guards to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble children.

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