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Parents charged after baby found allegedly choking on drugs in Bethel

Echo Dunn, 27, and Robert Pilgram, 38, are facing child endangerment charges, according to police.
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Bags of fentanyl

BETHEL, Maine — Two people are facing child endangerment charges after their 7-month-old baby was found allegedly choking on fentanyl in Bethel on Thursday, according to police.

After responding to a 911 call about a baby that was choking, officers with the Oxford County Sherriff’s Office arrived at an apartment on Mason Street and found the child in distress, Chief Deputy James Urquhart said in a news release Sunday.

Officers took the baby outside to an ambulance and began treating him, Urquhart said.

After speaking to the parents, police said they discovered the baby was exposed to fentanyl, possibly from a straw that was on a bed the parents shared with the baby.

Police said they administered Narcan to the child and took him to an area hospital.

The child has been placed into temporary custody with the Maine Department of Health Human Services.

Parents of the child Echo Dunn, 27, and Robert Pilgram, 38, each face a charge of endangering the welfare of a child (Class D).

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