In a heart-wrenching incident that has sent shockwaves through our community, Denard Bishop, 39, and Alexis Scarborough, 34, are now facing child endangerment charges following a devastating occurrence where their innocent four-year-old son suffered an overdose of fentanyl on his own birthday. The incident unfolded on November 25th at Bishop’s Golf Manor residence, turning a joyful celebration into a nightmarish ordeal that left the young boy fighting for his life. This tragic event serves as a somber reminder of the profound impact that drug addiction can have on families and, most tragically, on innocent children.

On that ill-fated day, the family was joyously celebrating their young boy’s fourth birthday. However, the atmosphere of happiness took a horrifying turn when the child was discovered in a state of distress during his nap, struggling with ‘agonal breathing,’ a potentially lethal condition caused by inadequate oxygen intake. It quickly became apparent that the child’s life was hanging by a thread.

Swift and decisive action was taken to save the young boy’s life. He was immediately rushed to the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, where a team of dedicated healthcare professionals worked tirelessly to stabilize his condition. The medical staff’s rapid response was instrumental in ensuring that the child received the life-saving care he so desperately needed.

Following this harrowing incident, law enforcement authorities took action against the parents. Alexis Scarborough was arrested without delay, while Denard Bishop managed to evade authorities for two days before being apprehended. Both now face charges related to child endangerment, as they must answer for their alleged negligence.

During a recent court hearing, Scarborough pleaded not guilty to the child endangerment charges. Her defense team sought her release on her own recognizance, allowing her to maintain her employment as a hotel housekeeper. However, the judge ultimately denied this request, setting her bond at $10,000 and issuing orders for her to have no contact with her children without prior permission. Denard Bishop is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday, where he, too, will face the legal consequences of his alleged involvement in this distressing incident.

This incident has deeply shaken our community, leaving many concerned about the well-being of the young child. Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition Co-Chair Chief Tom Synan expressed his hope for the child’s recovery, stating, “Fortunately, hopefully, this child will be okay.” His words underscore the importance of prompt medical attention and the need to learn from such tragedies in order to prevent future drug-related crises.

This tragic overdose incident casts a stark light on the ongoing opioid crisis, particularly the pervasive presence of fentanyl in Ohio. According to the most recent statistics from the Ohio Department of Health, the state witnessed 4,915 unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2022, with a staggering 81 percent involving fentanyl, often in combination with other substances. These statistics underscore the immediate need for comprehensive measures to combat the opioid epidemic and safeguard vulnerable individuals, particularly children, from its devastating consequences.

The heartbreaking story of a four-year-old boy suffering a fentanyl overdose on his birthday due to exposure serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact of drug addiction on families and communities. Denard Bishop and Alexis Scarborough now face the legal repercussions of their alleged involvement in this tragic incident, while our community remains hopeful for the child’s recovery.

Above all, this incident underscores the urgency of addressing the opioid crisis, particularly the widespread presence of fentanyl in Ohio. It is a clarion call for lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and communities to join forces, combating drug addiction, offering support, and providing resources to those in need. Together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals, especially our precious children, in the face of this ongoing epidemic.