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.