This week’s episode of BlazeTV’s “The Chad Prather Show” discussed the horrific story of a North Carolina toddler who died as the result of a fentanyl overdose. Prather said that the story was important enough that he felt compelled to break away from his usually fun format.
The 16-month-old baby, Kingston Jenkins, was the victim of two women who were responsible for his care. Haley Odessa Godshall had been hired by Kingston’s mother last November to babysit the youngster, and invited another friend, Daisy Renee Bare, to hang out with her while she was watching him.
The two women got together to smoke meth before picking the child up to travel to Godshall’s home. After Kingston fell asleep, Godshall gave Bare some fentanyl she had at her home. Both women took some of the drug and fell asleep. When they awoke later in the day, they discovered the toddler was unresponsive. Kingley was later pronounced dead at a local hospital due to a fentanyl overdose.
Godshall, 24, was sentenced to between four and seven years in state prison last month after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other drug-related offenses in Catawba County Superior Court. The sentence she received was the maximum allowed under North Carolina law for involuntary manslaughter for an offender with her criminal history.
Bare is still awaiting trial in the same court and is being held in the county jail with bail set at $1 million.
After discussing the tragic case, Prather said: “Fentanyl, as we know, doesn’t take a whole lot to kill a person. A few grains of it can be lethal under the right circumstances, and that’s for an adult.” He added that the obvious thing to learn is that these types of deadly drugs should never be around children under any circumstance.
Fentanyl is entering the US at record levels & has caused 1000's of deaths. That's why I teamed up with Sen. Rubio to introduce the Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act. It's time for Congress to ensure criminals who traffic this drug are met with severe penalties.
— Rep. Tony Gonzales (@RepTonyGonzales) September 18, 2022
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act last month. The legislation would make the distribution of fentanyl that results in the death of any person punishable under federal law as felony murder.
Republican senators circulated a related memo last month that indicates law enforcement agents at the southern border have seized more than 12,000 pounds of fentanyl in 2022 as of September. That surpasses the approximately 10,500 pounds seized in all of 2021. The memo indicates that the fentanyl seized so far this year is sufficient to kill the entire population of the United States more than eight times.