Heather Egan, 39, and Jenny Ann Choate, 58

Heather Egan, 39, and Jenny Ann Choate, 58

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A Phoenix mother and grandmother are accused of smoking fentanyl in a car while a 3-year-old girl sat between them.

The two women, 39-year-old Heather Egan and 58-year-old Jenny Ann Choate, are each charged with one count of child abuse.

Back in December, police pulled Choate over for a traffic violation near 40th and Van Buren streets. Her daughter, Egan, was riding in the front passenger seat and a 3-year-old girl was also riding, unsecured, in the front seat.

Officers found drug paraphernalia in the car, according to court documents.

Egan told police that she and her grandmother had been "smoking fentanyl" in the front seat while the little girl was between them, according to the police report.

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Documents also said that Choate denied buying or smoking fentanyl, but "admitted to an opioid addiction and said she is using oxycontin multiple times a day."

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain and is one of the strongest opiate drugs currently on the market, according to police.

The police report states that there were traces of fentanyl found in the little girl's system. She was tested about 24 hours after the exposure, so the "level indicated on the drug test is a relatively low level," stated the police report.

Still, the levels "could have been significantly higher and could have been potentially dangerous for a 3-year-old," police said

Egan and Choate are both due to appear in court on March 14.


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(4) comments


Lovely. A family that smokes together... White trash.


Sterilization....we need more of it.


Whoa! Don't do drugs!


was the little girl removed from this "family" and placed somewhere safe?

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