GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office say a 4-year-old Glendale girl died in September because she was exposed to fentanyl. The report also states that fentanyl had been present at the apartment where the child lived.

The Medical Examiner's report

The Medical Examiner's findings

"Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid medication up to 200 times more powerful than morphine, which can cause respiratory depression, coma and death," the report explains.

[WATCH: "I was enraged," child's uncle says]

On Sept. 18, 2019, Glendale police were called to an apartment near 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in response to an unresponsive child. When officers arrived, CPR was being performed on the little girl. The 4-year-old was taken to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center where doctors pronounced her dead.

At the time, Glendale police said they were treating her death “as suspicious in nature.”

The girl's uncle, Michael Cisco, told Arizona's Family Monday that his sister was at work at the time and that her boyfriend and his brother were watching the kids. He said the brother was a fentanyl dealer. “Someone had come to the door for a drug deal and he tried to take the drugs and run. And some pills fell out on the carpet, and that’s when [she] grabbed them.”

He said it's been extremely hard on their family. “I was furious. I was enraged, and I wanted to get the story out there that these people are sick and demented," Cisco said. "It's really hit my mom and my little brother. My little brother ... he was there the day before." 

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A neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, described what she heard that day. "My boys overheard them say, 'Hurry, she's not breathing,' and they said, 'Mom, the ambulance is here,'" the woman said. "I've been really distraught all day, this being so close, like, right beside me. I didn't have a personal relationship with the little girl and it's been just upsetting to my whole world all day."

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Like Cisco, the neighbor said the girl's mother was at work when the boyfriend found the girl. "I heard the officer himself at the very end of everything tell her the lifestyle you guys are living is most likely the cause of her death," the neighbor said.

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The girl's family in Arizona declined to do an interview. At this point, no one has been charged in the case.

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If you’re in need of opioid help, you can call the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral Line at 1-888-688-4222. (Click or tap the phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)

You can also go to www.oarline.com for more information.

 

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