Pennsylvania Woman's Breast Milk Kills Her 11-week-old Son
PENNSYLVANIA — July 17, 2018
An autopsy showed the baby had died from a combination of methadone, amphetamine, and methamphetamine transmitted through his mother's breast milk.
According to the charging documents, Samantha Jones, 30, had been prescribed methadone to help her overcome her addiction to painkillers and took it during pregnancy and after giving birth.
Jones had also been addicted to amphetamines.
Three days ago day Jones said she had switched to formula, claiming the infant was not getting enough milk through breastfeeding, court documents said.
She fed the baby the formula, placed him in a bassinet at about 6:30, and fell asleep. Her husband was at work at that time. When Jones awakened an hour later, she found the child pale, with bloody mucous running from his nose.
After noticing the baby's condition she dialed 911 immediately. The child was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Jones’ attorney Louis Busico said the baby’s death was not intentional, according to the district attorney’s office statement. Busico did not answer any more questions from journalists.
Bail was set at $3 million cash, according to the district attorney’s office. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 23.
The case is being investigated by the New Britain Township Police Department and Bucks County Detectives.
According to the government-run National Institute on Drug Abuse, use of methamphetamine during pregnancy can lead to increased rates of premature delivery for the child as well as heart and brain abnormalities, among other problems.