Christopher Daniel

Christopher Daniel was arrested for child abuse charges after a girl in his care died. 

Christopher S. Daniel, 29 of Glendale man, was arrested Jan. 7, for felony child abuse, according Tiffany Ngalula, a spokeswoman for the Glendale Police Department.

On Sept. 18, the Glendale Fire Department responded to a call from an apartment complex near 6300 N. 64th Drive for a young girl not breathing. The girl was transported to a local hospital where she later passed away. 

“A toxicology report later concluded the 4-year-old and her 5-year-old brother both had fentanyl in their systems. (Daniel) admitted to smoking methamphetamine earlier that day while caring for the children and having used fentanyl in the past,” said Ngalula.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency website (dea.gov), “Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.”

Daniel was babysitting the young girl and her siblings while their mother, his girlfriend, was at work, Ngalula said. 

Daniel told police that between 7:30 and 8 p.m. he was preparing to put the kids to bed when he realized the 4-year-old was unresponsive on the couch. 

After reviewing the toxicology report, detectives interviewed Daniel and subsequently arrested him for child abuse, Ngalula said.

Daniel was booked into jail on Jan. 7. He has a preliminary hearing Thursday, Jan. 16, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website.