Mom admits to role in 2-year-old’s fentanyl death

Posted at 12:36 PM, December 21, 2022 and last updated 8:16 PM, May 11, 2023

By David Medina

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) — A Missouri mother has admitted to her role in the death of her two-year-old son who died after a fentanyl overdose in 2020.

Shelly Christine Vallejo (Johnson County Sheriff’s Office)

Shelly Christine Vallejo pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Johnson County court on Monday.

The child’s father, Jean Pierre Morales, pleaded guilty last month to distributing drugs that resulted in their son’s death.

On Nov. 14, 2020, police responded to a home in Merriam and found the boy unresponsive. The boy later died.

Vallejo will be sentenced in February 2023.

This story was originally published Dec. 19 by KSHB in Kansas City, an E.W. Scripps Company.