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A North Carolina mother has been charged in the death of her teenage daughter, who suffered a fatal overdose earlier this year after taking a concoction of drugs allegedly provided to her by her parent.
Nancy Juanita Kellum, 37, has been charged with open murder after her 14-year-old daughter died in February after allegedly ingesting a mix of methamphetamines and fentanyl-laced heroin, according to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.
A warrant was issued for Kellum's arrest after an autopsy confirmed the girl died from the deadly combination of narcotics, authorities said in a press release on Tuesday. The 37-year-old, who authorities say provided the drugs, later turned herself in.
Kellum’s 14-year-old daughter was identified as Haylee Wood, WITN-TV reported.
On Feb. 15, county authorities were dispatched to a Midway Park residence where Wood’s death had been reported. At the home, investigators learned that Kellum had allegedly given the teen and another 12-year-old child methamphetamine and heroin that had been laced with fentanyl.
“One of the juveniles overdosed and passed away after life-saving efforts were unsuccessful,” Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The 12-year-old minor is also related to Kellum, according to Wilmington television station WWAY.
Wood was a ninth grader at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina, according to WITN-TV. She also had roots in Ronkonkoma, New York, according to an online obituary.
Kellum was initially charged with three felony counts of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, but those charges were upgraded to murder, ABC affiliate WCTI-TV reported.
Her next court date is Nov. 24, according to WITN-TV.
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