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Bond set at $50,000 for Cleveland mother charged after baby dies with fentanyl in system

Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 6:11 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 10:57 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The woman charged with felony endangering children faced a judge on Friday morning after her 1-year-old son died with suspected fentanyl in his system.

The Cleveland Municipal Court judge rejected the prosecutor’s request for a higher bond and set it at $50,000 for Casey Bisner.

The prosecutor initially asked for bond to be set at $100,000.

“On a personal level she’s been a resident of Cleveland for 4 years, she lives with her long-term boyfriend,” said Bisner’s public defender.

According to court documents found by the 19 News Investigative team, Ricardo Johnson Sr. will soon be on trial for a domestic violence charge. Those documents, list Bisner as the victim.

All this information left neighbors at a loss for words

“I don’t even know what to say I hope those parents feel proud of themselves,” said a neighbor.

According to court documents, the infant, identified as 15-month-old Ricardo Johnson Jr., was found dead in the care of his mother on Jan. 14.

Police said first responders were dispatched to a separate emergency, but were waved down by Bisner in the area of West 103rd Street. She told officials that her child was unconscious and wouldn’t wake up.

According to the prosecutor, the child was found unresponsive on the living room floor.

Bisner later admitted to police that she was high on marijuana on the night her son died. Heroin and other drug items were also found at her home at the time of her son’s death. She was arrested several days later.

Results of an official toxicology report from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office are pending, but a preliminary screening identified fentanyl in the infant boy’s system.

Bisner denied any knowledge of having fentanyl in her home, court records show.

Additional charges, such as manslaughter, could be presented once the final toxicology report is submitted, the prosecutor’s office said in court documents.

Municipal court records show that Bisner was sent to the Cuyahoga County Jail following her hearing on Friday. The case is expected to be reviewed by the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

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