Man Receives 10-Year Sentence for Fentanyl-Induced Toddler Fatality

Man Receives 10-Year Sentence for Fentanyl-Induced Toddler Fatality

A man arrested in connection with the death of a 20-month-old girl, who passed away in December due to a fentanyl overdose, pleaded guilty in October to aggravated manslaughter, as revealed by court documents obtained.

Tyeon Ford was apprehended in March after a warrant was issued for his arrest in relation to the toddler’s death. The child had been taken to the hospital on December 20th and succumbed to a fentanyl overdose, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Homicide detectives also identified Carlida Miller as a suspect. JSO stated that Miller was taken into custody in February on charges of manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

As per the arrest report for Miller, on the day of the girl’s passing, JSO brought both Miller and Ford in for questioning. They both informed detectives that the girl had no known health issues.

Ford provided additional information to the police, although that part was redacted in the report. Upon searching the residence where the child lived, JSO noted that the kitchen area appeared to have been cleaned, and the shower seemed to have been recently used.

Although it remains unclear whether the deceased child was Miller’s, court records indicate that in 2018 and 2020, she was involved in a custody battle and child support case with two different men. It is also uncertain if the child belonged to Ford.

Previously, Miller pleaded guilty to child neglect and received a sentence of 2 years probation, while Ford was sentenced to 10 years in prison