Las Vegas father charged with murder in 3-year-old’s fentanyl overdose death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A father faces a murder charge after his 3-year-old son died from an apparent fentanyl overdose in a drug-filled home, according to documents the 8 News Now Investigators obtained.

Barron Greene, 42, faces charges of second-degree murder in the death of Jayden Greene.

On March 14, Metro police responded to a home for a report of an unresponsive child. The home’s address was redacted in documents the 8 News Now Investigators obtained. Paramedics brought Jayden to a hospital where a doctor pronounced him deceased.

Inside the home, police found a blue pill near a puddle of vomit, they said. The pill was similar to fentanyl-laced ones seized throughout the valley, they said. Also in the home, police said there was cocaine, baggies and scales “in plain view.”

After obtaining a search warrant, police found “numerous bags of blue pills” matching the “Perc 30” pills seen across the valley containing fentanyl. Police also found more than $2,200 in cash, more than a pound of cocaine, nearly a pound of methamphetamine, a small amount of heroin and miscellaneous other pills.

The child’s mother told police she came to the home to retrieve Jayden and another child when she noticed Jayden was not breathing, documents said. In an interview with police, Jayden’s mother alleged Greene “always has his drugs in the house,” adding she attempted to have full custody of the children for this reason.

While speaking with officers, Greene reportedly said, “I don’t have no [expletive] pills, I was not aware that he ate that [expletive] obviously.” Later in the interview, Greene reportedly said, “Just charge me with neglect I killed my [expletive] baby dude,” according to police.

Greene also faces several drug charges and two counts of child abuse and neglect, documents said. Greene did not appear for his first court appearance on March 15 “due to medical reasons,” his court docket said. During the hearing, Judge Daniel Westmeyer denied setting bail.

In a hearing last week, prosecutors added the second-degree murder charge and Judge Nadia Wood reset bail at $100,000, records said. Wood ordered a source hearing if Greene found the money to post bond. If he is released, Greene would not be able to have any contact with children and would have to wear an ankle bracelet.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 16. A booking photo for Greene was not immediately available. The Clark County coroner’s office did not immediately provide the child’s cause and manner of death, which can take several months in drug cases.

An attorney for Greene said he anticipated the evidence to show a different story than what prosecutors allege.

Eight children under the age of 18 died from drug overdoses involving fentanyl in Clark County in 2022, the latest year with data available, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. In all, 236 people died from overdoses involving fentanyl in the county that year.

In 2023, 302 people died from overdoses involving fentanyl in Clark County — a 28% increase from 2022.

A file photo of blue fentanyl pills is shown in this story as an example of what police are finding across Clark County.

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