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Two Santa Rosa Parents in Jail After Their 15-Month-Old Toddlers Dies of Suspected Fentanyl Exposure, Says SRPD

The following is a press release issued by the Santa Rosa Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On Monday, May 9, 2022, at 10:39 a.m., Santa Rosa Police Department officers responded to a residence in the 800-block of Sonoma Av regarding a toddler that was unresponsive. SRPD Communications Dispatchers also dispatched the Santa Rosa Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. When officers arrived on the scene, the toddler was not breathing and EMS began life-saving measures. The toddler was transported to a local hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Officers who arrived first on the scene noticed suspected fentanyl near where the toddler was found. Detectives from SRPD’s Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Team, Violent Crimes Team, and Narcotic Team took over the investigation. Based on the circumstances, detectives authored a search warrant for the Sonoma Avenue residence. During the search warrant, officers located suspected fentanyl and fentanyl paraphernalia. Packaged and unpacked suspected fentanyl and fentanyl paraphernalia were located in numerous parts of the primary bedroom, including in the bed the toddler shared with her parents. Field and Evidence Technicians processed the crime scene.

The toddler’s parents, Evan Frostick (a 26-year-old male and Santa Rosa resident) and Madison Bernard (a 23-year-old female and Santa Rosa resident) were arrested for:

273a(a) PC – (Felony) Cruelty to a Child Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury or Death.

An autopsy, including toxicology, will be conducted on the toddler later this week. Based on the results of the autopsy and toxicology report, the Santa Rosa Police Department may seek additional charges.

The victim was a female toddler, 15-months old. Her name will not be released at this time.



  1. When your first priority is your addiction over your child you should at the very least give the child up to someone who would love to make that child their top priority. For now you can sit in a cell going through withdrawal and when you sober up, I hope you take a long look in the mirror and make amends. You were that child’s everything and now she is dead.

  2. So irresponsible of these young parents. The innocent little girl pay the price of her parents drug abuse. Why have a child if they were not able to take care of her in a responsible way as parents.

  3. E each time instead of blaming the parents and it’s really a failure of society. That we accept these things that people live in poverty, poor deserve less? Sad that people struggle and people turn a blind eye now this poor little one pays the ultimate price. All those people that assisted in their addiction, where the fentanyl came from that needs to be pursued for the ultimate murder charge.

    • This is true those who sell and supply should be charged. Howeve, blaming it totally on society is not right. Yes, people are poor but, if they search for assistance it’s out there. They lived in shelter (apartment). They needed to reach out and find help, take responsibility for that child who had no fault. If they chose bad drugs over there little girl Who pay the ultimate price then they now need to pay the ultimate price of being charged with her death!

  4. I cannot imagine the absolute horror these parents will live out every second of the rest of their lives! Never being able to rewind the time and change this horrific event. I’m willing to bet that no punishment will ever come close to what they will experience daily and don’t know how they will go on. Could any good come as a result of their remorse? I certainly hope so. With God all things are possible. They cannot change the past, but maybe they could spend all the rest of their time here on this earth trying to make sure it never happens to another child….. cuz you know it’s gonna. I pray for them that they will find a way to help prevent others from making the same mistakes. I’m grieving for all of them.

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