We speak to the father of a teenage boy who died of an overdose. The boy's mother has been arrested in his death.

GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A grieving Gilbert father is upset and confused after his ex was let out of jail following an arrest for child abuse. Police say Jamie Barrett asked her teen son to get her fentanyl and said she would give him a pill. Days later, 15-year-old Sean Schulman died from a fentanyl overdose.

“He died of an overdose of fentanyl, which she said I will give you pills. I don't know what else needs to happen,” says Charles Schulman, Sean’s father. Schulman says he had shared custody of Sean.

Sean died from an overdose in April. Chandler Police arrested Barrett last week after discovering text messages on Sean’s phone where Barrett allegedly asked him to “get some blues.” Court records say Barrett “told the victim she would give him one.” Sean died days after the text exchange.

Chandler mom offered teen son a fentanyl pill, he later died from the drug

“She was supposed to be the one person who was supposed to be protecting him and instead she was using him to get her drugs,” says Schulman.

Schulman says Chandler Police told him this week that prosecutors decided not to take the case. Arizona’s Family asked the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office about the case, and a spokesperson said it was sent back to Chandler Police to do more investigation. MCAO could not provide any more details on what information is needed to move forward with prosecution. Chandler Police said based on the recommendations, detectives are continuing their investigation in partnership with MCAO. A police spokesperson said there is no time-frame for when the case may be re-submitted to the attorney's office.

Barrett is now out of custody. Arizona’s Family tried to reach her, but the address listed for her was incorrect, and it does not appear that Barrett has an attorney.

Schulman just wants police and prosecutors to do what they have to do to get justice for his son. “He was my little buddy. We loved to do everything together,” says Schulman. “I feel like he was let down so many times while he was alive and now it's just happening again. I feel like nobody cares.”


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