CHERRY HILL — The man charged with the death of a toddler found with fentanyl and cocaine in her system had burn marks on her body when police arrived.

Walter Clark, 27, of Cherry Hill was charged in connection with the July 23 death of the 2-year-old after the illegal substances were found in her system, according to Camden County Prosecutor Grace MacAulay. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the home near where the child was found, according to MacAulay.

The complaint and affidavit in Clark's arrest show that arriving officers found severe burn marks on the girl's face and chest area. A witness told police that the burns and peeling skin was noticed after Clark bathed the child. Clark later denied that the water burned the child.

The witness also told police that while the child was alone with Clark, she sucked on his vape pen. Clark told police that he had used the pen several days earlier after using heroin, according to a summary report. After the child handled the pen, she started vomiting and became unconscious and unresponsive, the police report noted.

The witness said Clark spent "an extended period of time” trying to find Narcan (Naloxone). Clark also told the witness not to call 911. A second witness said Clark contacted them looking for Narcan, which the witness brought to the house.

Officers said that when they arrived, the girl had a "discharge" coming from her nose and mouth area, according to the complaint.  Numerous used wax heroin folds and small Ziploc bags containing cocaine were found near the child and in the home.

Complaint: Clark tried to treat the girl before calling police

Clark was charged with endangering the welfare of a child by "allowing the child access to controlled dangerous substances and delaying medical care by seeking Narcan (Naloxone) for a child who was later pronounced deceased."

Clark was also charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second degree aggravated assault. He is being held at the Camden County Jail.

The documents do not disclose the relationship between Clark, the witnesses and the girl who was identified only by her initials.

Cherry Hill Police Chief Robert Kempf told that Clark and his girlfriend were babysitting the child for a friend.

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From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

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