SLO County Sheriff’s Office: 7-month-old child dies after exposure to narcotics, parents arrested
Originally published 5-17-21
by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office:
“On 2-4-21, a Sheriff’s Deputy responded to assist fire and paramedics for a report of a 7-month-old female who was not breathing in the 5000 block of Meadowlark Lane in Heritage Ranch.
The infant was airlifted to Twin Cities Community Hospital and then later to a children’s hospital at Stanford University where the infant subsequently died. Doctors determined this was potentially a case of child neglect with exposure to fentanyl. Tests on the child came back positive for exposure to fentanyl and methamphetamine.
During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives received information the parents of the child, Shawn and Kayla Luhm, were suspected drug users. A search warrant was served at their home in Heritage Ranch where narcotics were discovered.
Additionally, through electronic forensic examinations, investigators discovered an attempt to clean the crime scene before detectives could serve the search warrant. Evidence also revealed the parent’s attempt to obtain narcotics while at the hospital where their daughter was being treated at Stanford.
Additionally, 36-year-old Melissa Currie of Atascadero was arrested as an accessory for willful cruelty to a child with possible injury or death for her involvement in the crime.”