Dead toddler in Cherry Hill, NJ had cocaine and fentanyl in system

CHERRY HILL — A man has been charged and arrested after cocaine and fentanyl were found in a 2-year-old girl’s system after she died on July 23.

Police were called to a house on Evergreen Avenue around 7:45 p.m. after the toddler stopped breathing, according to Camden County District Attorney Grace MacAulay. First responders took the unconscious child to Cooper University Hospital where she was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m.

The inquest into her death revealed illegal substances in the girl’s system. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the house near where the child was found, according to MacAulay.

Walter Clark has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, second-degree aggravated assault and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held in Camden County Jail.

MacAulay did not reveal the relationship between Clark and the child.

Cherry Hill Police Chief Robert Kempf says that Clark and his girlfriend were babysitting for a friend.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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