Mother arrested for toddler’s suspected fentanyl death appears in court

Mother facing serious charges for toddler’s suspected Fentanyl death in 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A South Florida mother is behind bars two years after her toddler died from a suspected fentanyl overdose.

That mother, 27-year-old Gertrude Desir, is now facing several charges, including aggravated manslaughter.

Desir appeared in court Friday as a judge read her charges, which included drug possession.

In 2019, Desir’s 2-year-old son was found dead inside her Pompano Beach home.

An autopsy showed the child had seven times of what’s considered a lethal amount of fentanyl for an adult in his system.

A warrant was issued for Desir and has been out for her arrest ever since, but it wasn’t until Thursday when deputies arrested her after she allegedly broke into a home in Fort Lauderdale.


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David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.