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Holiday woman arrested after 1-year-old baby girl overdoses on fentanyl, deputies said

Heather Revell, 35, of Holiday, is facing charges of drug possession and child neglect after deputies said a 1-year-old girl under her care overdosed on fentanyl. [Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]
Heather Revell, 35, of Holiday, is facing charges of drug possession and child neglect after deputies said a 1-year-old girl under her care overdosed on fentanyl. [Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]
Published Aug. 12, 2019

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HOLIDAY — A 35-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after a 1-year-old baby girl in her care overdosed on fentanyl, deputies said.

Heather Revell, of Holiday, faces felony charges of child neglect, possession of heroin, possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Revell was at her home in the 1200 block of Ermine Drive with the baby on Saturday night when the 35-year-old injected herself with heroin laced with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, she told deputies. She said she assumed at the time that she had cleaned up the drugs and paraphernalia but now believes the girl ingested leftover drugs.

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The next morning, at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the child was found to be "lethargic and unresponsive," the arrest report said. Someone called 911.

Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to the call and paramedics administered Narcan to the girl. Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an overdose, which occurs when opioids overwhelm the receptors in the brain that regulate the respiratory system.

The baby responded to the drug and was taken to a hospital. The child is expected to recover from the incident, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said it found used syringes and crushed Xanax in the home and fentanyl in Revell's purse. She was being held at the Pasco County jail on Monday in lieu of a $12,150 bail.

Contact Paige Fry at pfry@tampabay.com. Follow @paigexfry.

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