Baby Eats Heroin Disguised in Food

Last modified: September 23, 2013 12:56:07 PM

A baby eats heroin that was placed in food; and her drug addicted parents are in jail; they may go to Nevada’s drug court.

A drug-addled Nevada couple are in jail hoping to make bail after their infant daughter ate heroin that was somehow placed inside of a peach she was snacking on.

The girl, who survived the accidental overdose, was shaking, rolling her eyes, and had blue lips; by the time police had arrived on the scene she had become unresponsive.

The parents, who are admitted heroin and meth addicts, are Lorena Vizina, 23, and 25 year-old Justin Robinson.  Both are currently being held on $20,000 USD bond at Washoe County Jail.  They are charged with suspicion of child abuse.

According to mother Vizina, she left the baby in Robinson’s care while she did heroin.  According to Robinson’s statement, he only left the baby alone for a few minutes; when he turned his attention towards her again, he saw that she had powder on her mouth but thought nothing of it.  Robinson waited for 45 minutes before taking any action although the baby was trembling and rolling her eyes to the back of her head; he then decided to take the baby not to a hospital but to her grandparents for advice and if they thought the baby was acting abnormally.

After the arrival of police on the scene, blood tests were performed on the baby which proved that she had ingested morphine and codeine.  Robinson, at first, told the police that his daughter had eaten some medication.  How the heroin got into the baby’s food is still under investigation.

Nevada is a state which has a “drug court” program in which a rehabilitation program is used as an alternative to prison time.  Like California and New Jersey, which also have drug courts with statistics that prove that treatment will work better than hard time served, Nevada also believes treatment is the better option for the addict’s recovery and for the public benefit. The program lasts a year and a person who successfully completes the program can avoid a criminal conviction.  There is also a Dependency Drug Court which helps parents whose addictions are causing the abuse or neglect of their children.  However, it is unknown if Vizina and Robinson will be eligible for these drug court programs as information about their past convictions, if any, has not been published.

At this time, it is assumed that the baby has recovered and will be in the custody of her grandparents.