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Mother whose young children were hospitalized following overdose sentenced

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A woman who took her two young children to a fire station after they accidentally overdosed on drugs has been sentenced to community control.

Aarianna Melvin, 21, was convicted of two counts of endangering children and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, according to a Montgomery County court official. She pleaded guilty to charges early this month.

Melvin was sentenced today to five years of community control.

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On Sept. 12, Melvin took her two children, who were 11 months and two-years-old, to Dayton Fire Station 17 on West Third Street after she believed they overdosed.

The judge told Melvin she risked her children, her career and her future for a man. Melvin said the drugs belonged to her boyfriend.

The children were taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital and survived. They are currently in custody of a family member. Melvin is currently pregnant with a third child.

The judge told Melvin if she ever regains custody of her children, her boyfriend is not allowed in her home.

While Melvin is serving community control, she is required to complete 40 hours of community service, comply with all CSB requirements and not be around drugs or guns.

When police searched Melvin’s home in the 4600 block of Midway Avenue, investigators said they found suspected dangerous drugs and called for a HAZMAT team.

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“It was then discovered there was a hazardous situation in the residence due to fentanyl being present,” according to a Dayton police statement. “After evidence was collected, housing inspectors declared the residence uninhabitable and coordination was made to have a qualified hazardous materials clean up company respond to clean the residence.”