Arrest made, warrant issued after fentanyl overdose death of 20-month-old, Jacksonville police say

JSO: Medical examiner determined manner of girl’s death was accidental due to acute fentanyl intoxication

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman was arrested and a man is wanted on a warrant after a 20-month-old girl died in December, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

On Dec. 20, JSO said, police responded to an area hospital, where the toddler died hours after being transported there from East 14th Street.

According to JSO, the medical examiner’s office determined the manner of death was accidental due to acute fentanyl intoxication.

Homicide detectives said one of the suspects was identified as Carlida Miller. The Sheriff’s Office said Miller, 32, was arrested Monday on charges of manslaughter and tampering with evidence. As of Thursday, she remained in the Duval County jail on $800,000 bond, according to online jail records.

Detectives said they are still trying to locate Tyeon Ford, 23, who has an active warrant for his arrest on charges of manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

According to the arrest report for Miller, on the day the girl died, JSO brought Miller and Ford in for questioning. They both told detectives that the girl had no known health issues, and Ford said more to police, but that was redacted, the report shows. When police searched the home where the child lived, JSO said, it appeared the kitchen area was cleaned up and the shower appeared to have been recently used.

While it is unclear if the child who died belonged to Miller, court records show that in 2018 and 2020, she had been involved in a custody battle and child support case involving two men. It is also unclear if the child belonged to Ford.

New4JAX combed through Duval County court records that revealed that in 2021, Ford pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, and adjudication was withheld.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact JSO by calling 904-630-0500 or emailing To remain anonymous and potentially receive a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

Police investigate the death of a toddler who was brought to a hospital in December. (WJXT)

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, children under the age of 14 are dying from fentanyl poisoning at a much higher rate than any other age group.

From 2019 to 2021, fentanyl deaths tripled for children ages 1 to 4. And deaths involving children ages 5 to 14 quadrupled.

“Drug poisoning today poses a clear and present threat to our public safety,” said Mike Dubet, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA Jacksonville office.

Dubet says illegally possessing fentanyl purchased on the streets is bad enough, but leaving it within reach of a small child is a recipe for disaster.

“I would consider it similar to having a handgun around children,” Dubet said. “If you’re leaving drugs around your children, specifically, drugs that may contain fentanyl, it could end deadly.”

The DEA says it only takes 2 milligrams of ingested fentanyl to potentially cause a fatal overdose. That amount of fentanyl is small enough to place on the tip of a pencil, yet still potentially deadly if ingested.

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