Mother charged in fentanyl poisoning death of 6-month-old daughter

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A mother was arrested on Thursday for the death of her 6-month-old daughter in March.

According to police, on March 1, officers responded to the 800 block of Poplar Street for an unresponsive female infant. Upon arrival, they located 6-month-old Danielle Hale deceased in the apartment.

According to court documents, Hale died of fentanyl poisoning.

Jessica Hayes, 38, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of her daughter. She admitted to using fentanyl in the infant's presence.

FOX19 spoke with residents in the area about Hayes' arrest.

"It's crazy, they have to watch their babies they can't just play all the time you know what I mean? They have to be there for them," said Susan Smith.

Duane Neal says he turns 60 years old this year and wants younger generations to get the help they need.

"I want the babies to grow up, go to school, get a good job like I did and graduate, go to college -- whatever. I'm just saying there is too much going on nowadays," said Neal.

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