Family Sues Airbnb After 19-month-old Daughter Dies from Fentanyl Overdose

The little one took a nap and never woke up!

In August 2021, Lydie and Boris Lavenir from Guadeloupe, a French island, went to spend a vacation with their family in Florida.

The family of seven stayed in an Airbnb property where they laid down their youngest daughter, Enora, for a nap from which she never woke up.

According to the parents, their daughter Enora played with pots and pans in the kitchen before taking a two-hour nap.

“Unfortunately for the family, when Lydie went to wake up Enora, she found her daughter foaming at the mouth and blue in the face inside their rented Wellington, Florida, lake house in August 2021,” Daily Mail wrote.

 “Enora’s dead,” Lydie screamed after trying to wake her daughter.

As reported by Washington Post, the parents called 911, but it was too late as the child was already dead, and the cause was revealed as an “accidental overdose of fentanyl.”

During the investigation, the authorities questioned both parents and even got them tested for the drug. However, they were declared clear.

But the question was, where did the fentanyl come from?

According to Daily Mail, “The family is keen to believe the previous renters, who admitted to throwing a cocaine-infused party weeks before they arrived, had something to do with it.”

“However, investigators aren’t certain and tested several theories. After contacting the former renters, who denied being in possession of any fentanyl, investigators also looked into Enora’s sleeping position and medical history to see if they could find any connection.”

After searching for clues and months of investigation, the authorities closed the case as they couldn’t find the culprit.

“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. Currently, the manner of death is listed as accidental,” The head of the investigation team stated in his final report.

The family is now suing the Airbnb owner, the previous tenets, and the rental manager for not informing them beforehand that the former tenets held a cocaine-fueled party days before they arrived at the property.

According to The Washington Post, a legal expert says that Lydie and Boris Lavenir will have a hard time in their legal battle as they cannot prove who is actually responsible for the drug.

“They can prove that the child died from fentanyl exposure, but where that fentanyl comes from, linking it to this particular group, that just sounds monstrously difficult under these circumstances,” said Lars Noah, a Law Professor from the University of Florida.

The family’s lawyer, however, maintains that they are not looking for the source of the drug; rather they are holding the Airbnb owner responsible for the accident as they didn’t let them know about the presence of the drug in the property.

Speaking to The Washington Post, the lawyer said, “The only thing we have here is our common sense. It was definitely in that unit, that Airbnb. Which particular person left the drugs is frankly not anything I’m trying to prove. What I want to show is Airbnb provided no cleanup, no warning, no measure of safety for the family.”

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Sources: The Washington PostDaily Mail

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