A Bismarck woman has been charged in Stark County with felony child endangerment and misdemeanor drug counts after police say her 8-month-old child overdosed on illegal drugs.
Sierra Rose Toroitich, 25, her brother and her three children checked into a Dickinson hotel over the weekend and brought with them "a mixture of controlled substances," Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Engelstad said.
"(She) had smoked some marijuana while at the hotel and proceeded to take a nap along with her 8-month-old child," Engelstad said. "On that bed was a package of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. The child got into that and subsequently overdosed."
Toroitich allegedly did not call an ambulance, according to Engelstad.
"It was a lucky situation that the children's father happened to come to the hotel when he did," she said. "He does not live here. He had put them up in a hotel so he could visit with his children."
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Engelstad said the child was unresponsive and not breathing, and the father called 911.
Toroitich said during her initial court appearance Monday that "I'm a great mom."
"My phone was charging. That's the only reason I didn't call the police," she said. "I had the baby in my hands. I was screaming. I didn't know what to do."
The child was administered Narcan, a narcotic overdose treatment, and was taken to the hospital.
A judge on Monday set bond for Toroitich at $100,000 cash and ordered that she have no contact with her children. She's due back in court Dec. 12 and could enter pleas at that time. Court documents do not list an attorney for her.