Illinois Mother Faces Charges After 1-Year-Old Found Unresponsive From Drug Overdose: Authorities

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An Illinois mother faced charges after her 17-month-old son overdosed on methamphetamine and fentanyl on Monday, authorities said.

Emergency officials in Granite City found Billie Jean Cottle, 25, and the 17-month-old child unresponsive and showing signs of a drug overdose, KTLA sister station KTVI in St. Louis reported Wednesday.

Cottle was found overdosing in a bathroom while the child was in her arms, according to the station.

"Once they got in the bathroom they found Billy Jean Cottle unresponsive suffering from an overdose. The more disturbing fact is in her grasp of her arm was her 17-month-old child who was also unresponsive. He appeared to be suffering from what appeared to be an overdose," Sheriff John Lakin told KTVI.

The child required several doses of Narcan before he regained consciousness.

Toxicology tests revealed the boy had meth and fentanyl in his system, according to the station.

Cottle is facing four counts of aggravated battery to a child, aggravated battery, reckless conduct and endangering the life of a child.

The little boy was released from a local hospital on Wednesday. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is actively involved in the investigation and coordinating placement of the child.

Prior to the incident, Cottle was wanted on unrelated drug charges.

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