Dalton teen indicted on murder charges for fentanyl overdose death of juvenile girl in Whitfield County

Devin Wayne Crawford, 18, of 1134 Davenport Road, was indicted by a Whitfield County grand jury in a special presentment and charged Thursday by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with murder (non-family, weapon), cruelty to children (criminal negligence), possession of a schedule 1/2 drug with intent to distribute and second-degree murder. He remains in the Whitfield County Jail without bond. His next court date is on Tuesday. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, on July 30, 2022, at 10:32 a.m. a sheriff’s office lieutenant and three other deputies responded to a Vaughn Drive address in regard to “an unresponsive female.” They were met by a woman who led them to the bedroom of her daughter, a juvenile who wasn’t named in the report. The incident report said the girl “laid deceased in the middle of her bedroom floor. The woman stated that the last time she had spoken to her daughter was around (10:30) the night prior. She advised that she came into her daughter’s bedroom and found her lying face down ‘gargling on her own blood.’ She stated she then turned her daughter over onto her back and noticed that she was unconscious. As soon as she noticed her daughter was unconscious she called 911 at 10:29 a.m.. Through further investigation the mother learned that she had taken Percocet possibly laced with fentanyl due to information she gathered from her friends.

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