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5-Month-Old Girl In Pittsburgh Receives Narcan After Falling Unconscious

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Pittsburgh Public Safety says a 5-month-old girl received Narcan after falling unconscious.

Elizabeth Rexrode
(Photo Credit: PA Attorney General's Office)

Officials said on Wednesday that law enforcement responded to the 600 block of Brookline Boulevard for an unresponsive child brought to Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Engine 26 for assistance.

When police arrived, first responders were rendering aid to the child. The girl was taken to UPMC Children's Hospital in stable condition after receiving Narcan.

According to the criminal complaint, the child was given Narcan after doctors said she had symptoms consistent with an opioid overdose.

Police searched the residence of the child's grandmother Elizabeth Rexrode, who was the primary caregiver for the child on Wednesday and arrested her. They found, according to the criminal complaint, "several" empty stamp bags of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia and 10 stamp bags of suspected heroin.

Police said in the complaint the items were near and in the living room, where Rexrode had been sleeping on the couch. Rexrode, who said she watches the child five to six days a week, admitted to using heroin in the past and cocaine recently, according to the criminal complaint.

She is charged with endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified did not see or hear anything unusual on Wednesday.

"I'm very outraged by this and it shouldn't have happened to a child," the neighbor said.

In February, investigators arrested Rexrode for firearm offenses in connection with a surveillance operation at the Pittsburgh Gun Show in Monroeville.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said Rexrode, a fugitive, received cash and approached a vendor trying to buy a firearm for a person not to possess.

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