Wellington, FL– A family from Guadeloupe has filed a lawsuit against Airbnb, the person who rented them the home, and the previous renter after their toddler died after coming into contact with fentanyl in the home.
The incident occurred in August 2021, just hours after the family started their vacation at the four-bedroom lake house in Wellington.
The family says they allowed their five children to play around the home before eventually putting their 19-month-old daughter down for a nap with her older sister.
When the family went to check on the toddler a bit later, they found her lifeless, with a blue face and white foam coming from her lips.
The toddler was rushed to Palms West Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The Palm Beach County medical examiner and an independent toxicology report showed that the 19-month-old came into contact with fentanyl before her death.
The family claims the previous renter held a party at the residence where drugs were present:
“That’s part of the message that the family really wants to get out. … You don’t know who was there before you. You don’t know what they were doing there before you. So wipe down the surfaces, take that extra step, those extra measures, because you don’t want to find yourself in the situation that they have,” The family’s Attorney Thomas Scolaro reported.
Authorities say they were unable to identify the source of the drug so no criminal charges have been filed.
“I am currently unable to determine how the child Enora Lavenir ingested the fentanyl, therefore I am unable to develop probable cause for abuse or neglect leading to the death of Enora,” a PBSO detective wrote.
According to PBSO spokesperson Teri Barbera, authorities conducted a walkthrough of the property following the child’s death and did not find any illicit drugs. The toddler’s parents also tested negative for drugs.
The family’s lawyer says, however, that though authorities did not find drugs at the property, he is 100% certain that the toddler was exposed to fentanyl at the Airbnb.
Scolaro reported that once the family arrived from the Caribbean island, they went straight to the home and stayed there.
The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges Airbnb and the property owner failed to ensure the safety of the property and that the renter was negligent in allowing the use of drugs on the property and leaving the residue behind.