A 32-year-old mother of five, Jill Goff of Tooele, Utah, was arrested and charged Saturday on suspicion of homicide and two counts of child abuse. Dead is the mother’s two-year-old son, Aiden Goff, from an apparent methadone overdose.
Fox News reported on Feb. 2 that two other of Goff’s children also tested positive for methadone, a pain reliever and narcotic most commonly used to treat heroin withdrawal symptoms.
First responders were called to Goff’s home in Tooele on Friday evening where they discovered two-year-old Aiden unresponsive.
“We arrived along with ambulance personnel and performed some life saving measures, but unfortunately the 2 year old passed away at the scene,” said Capt. Paul Wimmer of the Tooele Police Department.
Hours later, while police were investigating the toddler’s tragic death, they received a call from the hospital where Aiden’s five-year-old sister and eight-year-old brother had just been taken to the ER with rashes.
Turns out, all three of the Goff children tested positive for methadone.
According to The New York Daily News, Goff had given all three of the children liquid methadone in a sippy cup. Goff had been been storing the liquid methadone in a Gatorade bottle.
While in the hospital, Goff’s two older children told investigators that their mother gave two-year-old Aiden a drink from that sippy cup, “but he didn't like it.”
Then the mom passed the same sippy cup over to the two older children to share. The kids said the drink in the sippy cup was “disgusting" and "tasted like medicine."
Detectives think Goff inadvertently gave the children methadone which had been stored in the soft drink bottle.
Goff’s four surviving children are now staying with relatives.
In addition to the homicide and child abuse charges, Goff was also charged with endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult.
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