Brent Sullivan's death has been ruled an accident. It's unclear if that will affect his family's trials. – Carlsbad Current Argus

Twelve-year-old Brent Sullivan’s death was determined to be the result of an accidental drug overdose, per a report by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI).
The report indicated Sullivan had traces of fentanyl and methamphetamine in is blood. Additional tests revealed Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in  marijuana, was also in present in Sullivan’s body.
Sullivan’s grandmother, Kellie Smith, 55, and mother, Alexis Smith, 35, were arrested by Carlsbad Police Sept. 28, 2021 after the boy’s body was found in a shed at his grandmother’s house on Western Way Street, court documents stated.
Both women charged with one count each of child abuse resulting in death and one count each of child abuse, per online court records.
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Facts about Fentanyl
Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office prosecutor AnneMarie Lewis did not respond to questions from the Carlsbad Current-Argus about how the OMI report might affect prosecution of his mother and grandmother.
Request for comment to Kellie Smith’s attorney Gary Mitchell and Alexis Smith’s attorney Todd Holmes also went unanswered.
A Carlsbad Police investigation alleged the fentanyl Sullivan ingested at the time of his death was present at the home and belonged to his mother and grandmother.
Both women admitted themselves as drug addicts, drug dealers and traffickers, according to a criminal complaint. Alexis allegedly told police had received 300 fentanyl pills from her mother around the time of Brent’s death. 
“Defendant is alleged to have been selling fentanyl out of her mother’s home (with her mother) and left the illegal drugs within reach of her children,” read an expedited motion for pretrial detention against Alexis Smith filed Sept. 30, 2021 in Eddy County’s Fifth District Court.
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Both women admitted to Carlsbad Police detectives help was not sought for Sullivan’s addiction, nor was medical help was not sought for three alleged overdose incidents.
Alexis Smith was scheduled to appear in a jury trial April 25 before Fifth Judicial District Judge Lisa Riley, court records read. Kellie Smith’s trial was scheduled for July 1 before Fifth Judicial District Judge Eileen Riordan, according to court records.
Both remained in the Eddy County Detention Center as of March 1 on no bail and no bond, the jail’s website indicated.
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Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at MSmith@currentargus.com or @ArgusMichae on Twitter. 

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