A 33-year-old Maine mother was accused of killing her 1-year-old daughter after rubbing heroin on her gums to help her sleep, court papers said.
Kimberly Nelligan, of Bangor, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 17, nearly a year after her daughter Jordynn was found dead in her home in October 2018.
Jordynn’s body was transported to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
A coroner later determined that she died of acute intoxication from the powerful, synthetic opioid fentanyl.
Nelligan appeared in court Wednesday, Sept. 18, and pleaded not guilty to charges of child endangerment and drug possession, according to the Bangor Daily News.
The baby’s father told police he saw Nelligan apply the residue to the little girl’s gums about 15 times when she had trouble falling asleep, the paper reported.
Nelligan allegedly told him that she had done the same thing with their two older children when they were babies, and added, “You know I didn’t hurt our daughter on purpose.”
The Maine medical examiner’s office concluded that Jordynn directly ingested the fentanyl that killed her, the paper reported.
Nelligan is currently being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail. Her next court appearance is scheduled Nov. 12.