Man, woman arrested after toddler overdoses on drugs

Mike Dougherty
February 06, 2020 - 7:09 am
Ray Drayton and Melissa Wilkerson

Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities in South Jersey have arrested a Mount Holly man and his girlfriend after his 2-year-old suffered a drug overdose last month. 

The toddler is in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

His father, Ray Drayton, and Drayton's girlfriend, Melissa Wilkerson, both 36, face a long list of charges, including aggravated assault, child endangerment, cruelty and neglect.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office says the case will be presented a grand jury for possible indictment. At a hearing Wednesday, a Superior Court judge detained Drayton and released Wilkerson.

Investigators say the child ingested fentanyl and methamphetamine on Jan. 13, likely from a cotton ball that was contaminated during intravenous drug use. Responding officers found the child unresponsive. Anti-opioid medication was needed to save his life, and CHOP doctors performed surgery to relieve swelling on his brain.

It's unclear if Drayton and Wilkerson have hired lawyers yet.