Arizona Mother Faces Child Abuse Charges After Toddler Tests Positive For Fentanyl And Meth

A Tucson mother was arrested Tuesday after her 2-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl. Christina Culp, the child’s mother, allegedly told police the father was at work when the girl was accidentally exposed to the illegal substances at their residence.

According to Culp, she woke up from a nap to find her daughter outside, gasping for air with blue lips. First responders administered two doses of Narcan, one in the ambulance and another at the hospital, to revive the child. Culp was subsequently arrested at the medical facility.

A court document revealed that Culp admitted to smoking both fentanyl and methamphetamines around 3 a.m. that day while her 5-year-old daughter, the 2-year-old, and the children’s father were asleep inside the home. Culp claimed she stored the pills in a toolbox outside but also kept some in her purse next to her makeup. The toddler was found with makeup on her face, suggesting she may have been exposed to the drugs while playing with her mother’s cosmetics.

Jeff Mattson, who owns a business across the street from Culp’s residence, expressed his disgust, stating, “Very terrible like, words can’t even explain how it’s so disgusting.” Another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, emphasized the need for increased responsibility among drug users to keep substances away from children and called for action to address the devastating impact of drugs on communities.

Culp was booked into the Pima County Jail with a $75,000 bond on two charges of child abuse. Her children have been placed in state custody.