The grandfather of an 9-month-old child who nearly lost his life after overdosing on fentanyl is headed to jail.
A judge sentenced Bartolomeo Blackburn to one year in prison after he was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Blackburn and the child's grandmother, Edaliz Torres, were both arrested when the baby was found unresponsive on the floor of their Roycroft Drive home in nearly a year ago. Police said the baby had a plastic bag in his mouth that contained fentanyl. First repsonders administered Narcan to save the baby's life.
The Assistant District Attorney on the case says one year is not enough time.
"This case is the poster child for why we need aggravated endangering the welfare of a child in New York," said Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Derek Harnsberger. "In New York State child endangerment is a misdemeanor but in this case the actions of these people were so egregious, so blatantly wrong, that this deserves to be treated as what it is, a felony and not as a misdemeanor."
Torres did not show up to court for the sentencing on Wednesday so a bench warrant was issued for her arrest.