Trent Ullrich, 14, of Richmond, died on January 3, 2024, as a result of the adverse effects of two different drugs, one of which authorities allege his parents brought into the family’s Richmond home. | Photo: GoFundMe

The coroner said a 14-year-old boy who was found unresponsive last month at his Richmond home died as a result of illegal drugs, which prosecutors previously said his parents brought into the house.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond Township Fire Protection District and Mercyhealth MD-1 responded around 10:50 a.m. on January 3 to the 9600 block of Hillandale Road in unincorporated Richmond.

Sheriff’s officials said the call was for a medical emergency involving an unresponsive juvenile male.

911 dispatchers indicated over the radio that someone was performing CPR on the juvenile, a 14-year-old.

Fire officials said paramedics initiated lifesaving treatment and were assisted by Mercyhealth MD-1.

Paramedics rushed the juvenile to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry where he was pronounced dead.

McHenry County Coroner Dr. Michael Rein identified the child as Trent Ullrich, 14, of Richmond.

An autopsy was performed on Ullrich on January 4. Toxicology and tissue samples were collected and sent for testing.

Rein said Monday that the cause of the boy’s death was determined to be from the adverse effects of fentanyl and xylazine. The manner of death was deemed to be an accident, Rein said.

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Following the child’s death last month, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office arrested his parents.

Cara Ullrich, 45, Round Lake Beach, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of child endangerment.

Eric Ullrich, 51, of Richmond, and Cara Ullrich, 45, Round Lake Beach.

She was also wanted on failure to appear warrants for 2020 charges of domestic battery and violation of an order of protection and a 2021 charge for aggravated battery.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said Cara Ullrich possessed under 200 grams of a substance containing fentanyl and under 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine.

The complaint said Cara Ullrich endangered the lives of two children — a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy.

Cara Ullrich allegedly brought drugs, containing fentanyl, into the residence in the 9600 block of Hillandale Road in unincorporated Richmond accessible to the children, who were present in the home, the complaint said.

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Court records list Cara Ullrich as being a resident of the home where the incident occurred; however, the sheriff’s office said she is a Round Lake Beach resident.

The children’s father, Eric Ullrich, 51, of Richmond, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.

A criminal complaint alleged Eric Ullrich possessed less than 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine on the day the boy died.

He allegedly left the 14-year-old boy in circumstances that endangered his life, the complaint said.

The complaint said Eric Ullrich suspected the boy to be under the influence of heroin and fentanyl at the family’s residence and did not promptly seek medical care for the boy.

Prosecutors last month said the child who died was the son of Cara Ullrich and Eric Ullrich and that when paramedics arrived the woman hid in a bathtub because she knew she had warrants, the Northwest Herald reported.

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Prosecutors said the boy told his father, who he resides with at the residence, that he did not feel good and laid on the couch before falling asleep, the Herald reported. His father later found he was not breathing.

Deputies had to tackle Cara Ullrich after she tried running from them at the scene, prosecutors said.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office has not announced yet whether they intend to upgrade the charges against the boy’s parents following the cause of death ruling.

Court records show Eric Ullrich is out on pre-trial release in his case. Prosecutors last week filed a petition for sanctions after alleging he tested positive for alcohol, which is a violation of his release conditions.

Court records show Cara Ullrich remains held in the McHenry County Jail after being sentenced to four years in prison for a prior case that she was resentenced on for violating her probation.