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Autopsy confirms Overtown 10-year-old died with heroin and fentanyl in his system

Shantell Banks, the mother of Alton Banks, a 10-year-old Miami boy who may be among Florida’s youngest opiod victims, posted this tribute to him on her Facebook page. Miami detectives are investigating how he might have a potent painkill that was found in his system, according to preliminary toxicology reports.
Shantell Banks, the mother of Alton Banks, a 10-year-old Miami boy who may be among Florida’s youngest opiod victims, posted this tribute to him on her Facebook page. Miami detectives are investigating how he might have a potent painkill that was found in his system, according to preliminary toxicology reports.

An autopsy confirmed that Alton Banks, an Overtown 10-year-old, had heroin and fentanyl in his system when he suddenly died June 23.

The report confirms the preliminary report that Banks had fentanyl in his system.

Just a few drops of fentanyl, a human anaesthetic and animal tranquilizer, can be enough to kill a small child. And that can be found on many items used and discarded into streets such as the ones Banks walked on his way home from Overtown's Gibson Park pool.

An hour after leaving the pool, Banks vomited, then fell unconscious at his home in the 100 block of Northwest 13th Court. Police don’t know how Banks, a Frederick Douglass Elementary School student, came into contact with opioids. They have no evidence the contact occurred at home.

City of Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes held a press conference on Thursday, July 20, 2017 to ask for possible witnesses to come forward with information in the death of Alton Banks, a 10-year-old boy who died from a suspected fentanyl overdose.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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