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Salt River Woman Sentenced to 15 Years for Fentanyl Overdose Death of Her Baby

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz.– Sarah Caitlin Burnette, 23, of the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community, was sentenced on June 12, 2023, by United States District Judge Steven P. Logan to 180 months in prison. Burnette previously pleaded guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter.

On February 27, 2021, Burnette’s 18-month-old baby boy died of acute fentanyl toxicity after ingesting the drug. On October 19, 2021, Burnette was charged with murder and child abuse for the fentanyl overdose death of her son, and exposing another child to the same risk of death by fentanyl overdose.

The Salt River Police Department and FBI jointly conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer E. LaGrange and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alane Breland, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution. SAUSA Breland is also the Chief Prosecutor for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-21-00867-PHX-SPL
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-093_Burnette

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Diana L. Varela
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Updated June 15, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2023-093_Burnette