Paso Robles couple charged after infant dies of a drug overdose

May 17, 2021

SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson at a press conference announcing the arrest of three people

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies arrested the parents of a 7-month-old girl after the infant died from ingesting fentanyl and methamphetamine, SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson announced Monday.

On Feb. 4, Shawn and Kayla Luhn reported their daughter Lilith was not breathing at their home in the 5000 block of Meadowlark Lane in Heritage Ranch. Emergency medical personnel airlifted the infant to Twin Cities Community Hospital and then later to a children’s hospital at Stanford University, where the infant died.

Doctors informed local sheriff deputies they suspected child neglect. Tests on the infant were positive for exposure to fentanyl and methamphetamine.

During the course of their investigation, detectives learned Shawn and Kayla Luhm were suspected drug users. Inside the couple’s home, deputies found narcotics.

While examining evidence, investigators discovered an attempt to clean the crime scene before they could serve the search warrant. Evidence also revealed the parents attempted to obtain narcotics while at the hospital where their daughter was being treated at Stanford.

Following a three-month investigation, on May 14, detectives arrested 38-year-old Shawn Luhm and his wife 31-year-old Kayla Luhm for willful cruelty to a child with possible injury or death. Additionally, investigator arrested 36-year-old Melissa Currie of Atascadero as an accessory after the fact.


13 months to late.


Poor sweet child. Not a single one of those faces look even the slightest bit remorseful. They need to be gone for the rest of their lives but somehow the Dems will make sure they are slapped and released. Rest in peace Lilith Luhm.


I can’t put in words what I feel. Anyone who doesn’t think that drugs are the biggest problem in this nation are not living in reality. My heart grieves for this innocent little baby girl. Terribly sad and tragic. What is going to take wake people up? How many children will have to die for the politicians to pull their heads out of their asses. This is a problem that the Biden administration and all politicians must address. The losing of the beautiful little girl is on them and their failed drug policies. They need to be held accountable.


Agree 100%. Additionally these two parents are an example of what drugs do to people. A child dead, two parents so messed up they will be a burden to society forever. Plus there are thousands upon thousands of other drugged up parents who could easily have been part of a similar story. Drugs are poring across our borders daily and politicians do nothing!


I have much contact with the misnamed “homeless” and 99% of them are involved in drugs, alcohol, and mental illness or a combination of the aforementioned. As anyone with a least one eye open knows, it’s a huge problem in CA. There are actually drug dealers who come here from the valley and the metro areas to service the so called “homeless”.


Agreed, the drug epidemic is a much bigger and more important public health and welfare issue compared to the myriad social justice issues that have consumed us this past year.


For all the people promoting decriminalization of all drugs…. GFY!