Mother faces charges after 2-year-old dies due to overdose

Posted at 9:51 PM, Feb 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-02 23:56:05-05

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah -- A toddler is dead and his mother behind bars as Tooele police are investigating after the child overdosed on methadone

Methadone is a pain reliever that can also be used to help recovering addicts through withdrawal symptoms. It’s a narcotic similar to morphine with side effects that can mimic heroine, and according to police: Three of Jill Goff’s five children tested positive for methadone in their system.

Saturday, Tooele police brought Goff in on charges of child abuse and reckless endangerment that resulted in the death of a child. The charges came after first responders were called to the Goff’s home Friday night, where they found an unresponsive 2 year old.

"We arrived along with ambulance personnel and performed some life saving measures, but unfortunately the 2 year old passed away at the scene," said Capt. Paul Wimmer of the Tooele Police Department.

Tooele police began investigating the death of 2-year-old Aiden Goff and just a few hours later received a call from the hospital.

"They were treating an 8-year-old sibling to the 2 year old at the hospital, and there were some concerns they had," Wimmer said.

Aiden’s sister was also brought in as a precaution and tested positive for methadone as well. Police said Goff has no prior record with them, and they believe she did not intend to kill her son. Her husband describes her as a loving mother.