7-year-old Fullerton girl dies from an accidental fentanyl overdose, mother says
No parents should ever have to mourn the loss of a child, but that is exactly what Fullerton's mother has been grappling with as she deals with the tragic death of her 17-year-old daughter, Trinity.
The mother believes that Fentanyl was behind her daughter's death and now she is fighting to raise awareness for other parents watching.
She says she hopes some good can come out of this tragic situation and raise awareness.
Cornejo, the mother, remembers her daughter as "gracious, kind, a fierce protector of the underdog, a huge advocate for mental health awareness."
Cornejo says she hopes to have a tree planted in her daughter's honor near Lions Field in Fullerton where her daughter played softball. She says she's currently working with the city to see when that could happen.
Fullerton police have not confirmed that Trinity had a fentanyl overdose, and there is no autopsy report available yet. However, her mother believes fentanyl is behind her daughter's death.
Cornejo says Trinity had come home after a party with friends on Sept. 30 and was later found unresponsive by Trinity's aunt.
Cornejo says she believes this was her daughter's first time trying drugs. She says she hopes her daughter's death isn't in vain and others learn from this.
"I would send her your articles about these issues, and these deaths, and I thought she understood and I thought she would never take that risk, but teenagers are curious and dealing with a lot of pressure," Cornejo said.
"These dealers deliver substances of the teen's choice. They come in masks when they come in their cars," Cornejo said. "They either know what they're doing and don't want to get caught or don't know what they're doing and don't care. Either way, it's just drugs are no longer drugs. What you think you're getting is most likely laced with something else."