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Mother ‘killed baby by rubbing heroin on her gums to get her to sleep’

A mother killed her baby daughter by rubbing heroin on her gums to get her to sleep, court papers say. Kimberly Nelligan, 33, is said to have used the substance on one year-old Jordy at least 15 times before the infant died in October 2018. The little girl was found dead at her home in Bangor, Maine, by emergency responders, with Nelligan arrested in connection with her death on Monday. Nelligan gave the finger to reporters during a foul-tempered court appearance on Wednesday A coroner later determined that Jordy had synthetic opioid fentanyl in her system, a powerful painkiller than is often mixed with heroin and which is 50 times more powerful. Their report determined that Jordy had ingested the drug, and said this could have happened if it had been rubbed around the inside of her mouth. Despite the severity of the allegations facing Nelligan, she posted a Facebook photo of drugs and drug paraphernalia in June this year, with the caption ‘Yay buddy.’ The mother reportedly confessed to using heroin once a week in the months leading up to Jordy’s death, with the child’s dad telling cops he’d seen Nelligan rub it on the little girl’s gums. Nelligan is said to have told that unnamed man she’d done the same to her older children to get them to sleep, and added: ‘You know I didn’t hurt our daughter on purpose.’ She has been charged with child endangerment, and is also set to face a charge of being in possession of a Schedule Z drug.