🔴 Girl found unresponsive at North Jersey home

🔴 Her death was ruled an overdose

🔴 Woman charged with child endangerment, drug possession

UPDATE: Authorities upgrade charges against woman

FORT LEE — A Bergen County woman has been arrested after the death of a 12-year-old girl this weekend.

Frances Caso, 48, of Fort Lee was charged with one count of second-degree child endangerment, three counts of third-degree child endangerment, two counts of third-degree drug possession, and fourth-degree drug paraphernalia possession.

She is being held at Bergen County Jail pending a court appearance, according to Bergen County prosecutors.

According to authorities, Fort Lee police got a 911 call from a home on Maple Street around 3:30 p.m. Saturday reporting that a 12-year-old girl was unresponsive.

Maple Street in Fort Lee (Google Maps)
Maple Street in Fort Lee (Google Maps)

The girl was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Investigators noticed signs of a possible overdose at the time and informed the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

A more robust investigation later found that Caso and three other children were also in the home at the time of the overdose.

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Detectives got a search warrant and found "multiple suspected controlled dangerous substances" at the home, prosecutors said. Authorities did not say what kind of drugs were found.

Prosecutors said the girl ingested a fatal dose of narcotics and that an investigation into her death continues.

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