Sarah Caitlin Burnette, a 23-year-old resident of the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community, was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for the fentanyl overdose death of her 18-month-old baby boy. Burnette pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after her son died on February 27, 2021, from acute fentanyl toxicity. She was also charged with murder and child abuse for exposing another child to the same risk of death by fentanyl overdose. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Salt River Police Department and the FBI, and the prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer E. LaGrange and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alane Breland. This tragic case highlights the devastating consequences of drug abuse, especially when it involves innocent children.
Salt River Woman Sentenced to 15 Years for Fentanyl Overdose Death of Her Baby
In a tragic case that has shocked the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community, a woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the fentanyl overdose death of her baby. The sentencing of Sarah Caitlin Burnette, 23, took place on June 12, 2023, after she previously pleaded guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter. This article will delve into the background of the case, the details of the sentencing and charges, the cause of death of the victim, the investigation that led to Burnette’s arrest, and the legal proceedings that followed.
The Salt River Woman’s sentencing for the fentanyl overdose death of her baby has drawn attention to the official website of the United States Government. As an official government organization, the website provides information about the case, offering insight into the tragedy that unfolded in the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community. The details of the case have shocked the community and the wider public, highlighting the importance of understanding the circumstances that led to this devastating outcome.
Sentencing and Charges
Sarah Caitlin Burnette has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter of her 18-month-old baby boy. The sentencing was handed down by United States District Judge Steven P. Logan on June 12, 2023. Burnette had previously pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her. These charges included murder and child abuse for the fentanyl overdose death of her son, as well as exposing another child to the same risk of death by fentanyl overdose.
The Victim’s Cause of Death
Tragically, the cause of death of Burnette’s baby boy was acute fentanyl toxicity. It was determined that the child had ingested the drug, resulting in a fatal overdose. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. Even a small amount of fentanyl can be lethal, and its presence in the child’s system was a key factor in the charges brought against Burnette.
The investigation into the fentanyl overdose death of Burnette’s baby was a joint effort between the Salt River Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Both agencies collaborated closely in order to gather evidence and gain a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances surrounding the tragic event. The investigation aimed to uncover the truth and hold accountable those responsible for the child’s death.
Prosecution and Legal Proceedings
Several prosecutors were involved in the case, playing critical roles in the prosecution and legal proceedings. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer E. LaGrange and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alane Breland, both from the District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the case. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Breland also serves as the Chief Prosecutor for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, underscoring the significance of the case within the community.
Case Number and Release Information
The case number for Sarah Caitlin Burnette’s sentencing is CR-21-00867-PHX-SPL. This reference number can be used to access further information about the case, including court documents and related evidence. In addition, the release number for the case is 2023-093_Burnette, which provides specific details about the sentencing and the charges against Burnette.
Information on U.S. Attorney’s Office
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona played a crucial role in the investigation, prosecution, and legal proceedings related to the fentanyl overdose death of Burnette’s baby. The office is dedicated to upholding justice and ensuring the safety and well-being of the community. Their website contains valuable resources and information about their work, including contact information for those seeking assistance or further details about the case.
The sentencing of Sarah Caitlin Burnette for the fentanyl overdose death of her baby serves as a tragic reminder of the devastating consequences that drug abuse can have on individuals and families. The case highlights the importance of collaborative efforts between law enforcement agencies, such as the Salt River Police Department and the FBI, to thoroughly investigate such incidents. The diligent work of the prosecutors involved in the case, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer E. LaGrange and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alane Breland, has ensured that justice was served. As the community mourns the loss of a young life, it is essential that we continue to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and work towards preventing such tragedies in the future.