Infant Overdose: Judge Frees Bergen Woman Charged With Endangerment After Baby Ingests Opioid

A 23-year-old Bergen County woman was arrested after a 6-month-old child ingested and overdosed on an opioid, authorities said.

Alia Elsafy
Alia Elsafy Photo Credit: BCJ

Alia Elsafy of North Arlington was initially jailed, but a Superior Court judge in Hackensack almost immediately ordered her release on Friday, May 26, under New Jersey's bail reform law, records show.

She’s charged with one count of child endangerment.

The infant survived the May 19 overdose, which Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said was immediately reported to members of his Special Victims Unit by the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

Working with North Arlington police, they found that Elsafy “endangered the welfare of the child by failing to supervise and allowing the child access to a suspected opioid that resulted in the child ingesting it,” Musella said.

The prosecutor didn’t elaborate on how the drugs got into the 6-month-old’s system or say where the child was placed following Elsafy’s arrest.

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