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Boy, 2, removed from respirator, declared dead after he was intoxicated with cocaine at his home

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Puerto Rican boy, 2, is removed from ventilator and pronounced dead five days after overdosing on COCAINENE in his mother’s apartment

  • Kendriel Hernández-Canela was pronounced dead on Monday by doctors at Pediátrico Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • The two-year-old got drunk on cocaine last Wednesday at his mother’s apartment in Río Piedras
  • Luis Díaz, captain of the Puerto Rico National Police, told DailyMail.com that the boy had fallen asleep when his maternal grandmother was not responding to him.
  • Díaz added that none of the family members, including the boy’s mother, Mari Perla Canela-England, said how the child came into contact with the drug.
  • Canela-England has temporarily lost custody of her five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son
  • Díaz said no arrests were made on Tuesday night










A two-year-old boy who overdosed on cocaine while in his mother’s apartment was taken off a ventilator and pronounced dead five days later.

Kendriel Hernández-Canela was pronounced brain dead at 2 p.m. Monday after his mother, Mari Perla Canela-England, rushed him to Teacher’s Hospital in Hato Rey last Wednesday.

The toddler was taken to the Children’s Hospital in San Juan, where he had been under observation.

A toxicology examination revealed that he had cocaine in his system, although it is still unclear how or where he ingested the drug.

Two-year-old Kendriel Hernández-Canela (first from left) was drunk on cocaine at his mother’s home in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, last Wednesday. He was disconnected from a ventilator and pronounced dead on Monday.

Luis Díaz, captain of the Puerto Rico National Police, told DailyMail.com that Kendriel Hernández-Canela (first from left) was playing and then fell asleep before his maternal grandmother couldn't find him at her house. daughter in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.  His mother, Mari Perla Canela, England (right), lost custody of her five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son

Luis Díaz, captain of the Puerto Rico National Police, told DailyMail.com that Kendriel Hernández-Canela (first from left) was playing and then fell asleep before his maternal grandmother couldn’t find him at her house. daughter in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. His mother, Mari Perla Canela, England (right), lost custody of her five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son

Luis Díaz, captain of Puerto Rico’s National Police, told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that authorities are still investigating the incident and have made no arrests.

According to Díaz, Hernández-Canela was reportedly playing and fell asleep last Wednesday night at his mother’s house in the Ernesto Ramos Antonini public housing project in Río Piedras.

His maternal grandmother checked on him and noticed that his lips had turned pale and that he was unresponsive.

“They took him to the hospital. He arrived without any vital signs,” Díaz said. “They resuscitated him and then he was transferred to the children’s hospital.

“There were no signs that he had been physically beaten.”

Institute of Forensic Sciences completed an autopsy on Tuesday but found no cause of death for Kendriel Hernández-Canela

Institute of Forensic Sciences completed an autopsy on Tuesday but found no cause of death for Kendriel Hernández-Canela

Díaz added that police investigators have spoken to Canela-England, her mother, her mother’s boyfriend, as well as her brother, his wife and the children.

Díaz declined to disclose details of the ongoing investigation, but said the family declined to say how the Hernández-Canela came into contact with the substance.

Díaz confirmed that the Department of Family had stripped Canela-England of her parental rights to her five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son. He did point out that it was the first time that Canela-England was involved in a child abuse investigation.

Institute of Forensic Sciences spokeswoman Betsy Rivera told DailyMail.com that although an autopsy was completed Tuesday, the doctor overseeing the study had not provided a cause of death.

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