On August 18, 2022 at 4:30 p.m., Livermore Police responded to a report of a 23-month-old not breathing at the 200 block of Turnstone Drive. When officers arrived, they found the baby unresponsive.
Officers performed life-saving measures until relieved by paramedics. Unfortunately, the baby was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
An investigation revealed that the child’s biological father, 22-year-old Justin Pittman of Livermore, was the sole caretaker of the baby on the day of her death. During an interview with detectives, Pittman admitted he was a Fentanyl addict.
After a thorough investigation and review of the autopsy and toxicology reports, it was determined that the baby had toxic levels of fentanyl in her blood at the time of her death. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Pittman’s arrest.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 5 p.m., detectives from Livermore Police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau and Crime Prevention Unit located and arrested Pittman in a business parking lot in the city of Martinez without incident. Pittman has been booked on charges for homicide and child abuse causing death. He is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail with no bail and is set to be arraigned Friday morning.
Police are not releasing more information at this time as the investigation is ongoing.
“Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug and impacts the lives of many,” said Livermore Police Chief Jeramy Young. “Fentanyl use and the illegal distribution of the drug is a nationwide epidemic. This is a tragic loss for the family and our community, and I look forward to justice being served so there is some closure.”
So far this year, there have been four fentanyl-related deaths in the City of Livermore.