Jury Reaches Verdict in Fentanyl Homicide Case
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Jurors have now reached a verdict, after hearing strong testimony from both sides of the fentanyl homicide trial: Guilty.
Jaqueline Escareno stood trial for the death of 23-month-old Demarcus Bryant, after he died from having a fentanyl patch on his back, while in Escareno’s care. But Escareno claimed the patch must have accidentally transferred onto the child when she was carrying him from the bathtub.
“She took a innocent child’s life, and so justice was served,” said the victim’s aunt, Amanda Paris, “She deserve everything she gets, and I feel like she should get lethal injection, because she killed this child.”
Escareno is due back in court May 16th for sentencing. Jurors pronounced her guilty of Criminally Negligent Homicide.