CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – The Carlsbad grandmother charged for her grandson’s fentanyl overdose death will remain behind bars until trial. A judge found Kelli Smith violated her conditions of release within seconds of her release from jail last month by leaving with a witness in the case and spending time with her grandkids, which she was prohibited from doing.


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Police say Smith and her daughter, the boy’s mother, were dealing fentanyl and knew of the 12-year-old’s addiction to it and of three prior overdoses, but did nothing to stop it. The boy died from an overdose in September.

Smith is facing a charge of child abuse resulting in death and drug trafficking.