Pennsylvania woman charged after baby's death blamed on drugs in breast milk

Baby died from drug overdose after drinking mother's breast milk

Baby died from drug overdose after drinking mother's breast milk

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with killing her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk.

Samantha Whitney Jones, 33, told detectives she was taking prescribed methadone for a painkiller addiction.

Jones said that on the morning the child died, the baby was crying at 3 a.m. and she tried to breastfeed him because she was too exhausted to go downstairs and prepare a bottle of formula, Fox 29 added citing investigators.

The baby was crying, and Jones asked her husband to prepare a bottle of formula for him, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Jones told investigators that she put him down around 6:30 a.m. and went back to sleep. She awakened an hour later to find the infant pale, with bloody mucous coming from his nose, the affidavit said.

An autopsy found the baby died April 2 from a combination of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine transmitted through Jones' breast milk, according to the charging documents.

The baby, who was in cardiac arrest when police arrived, was taken by ambulance to Doylestown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m., police said. According to The Morning Call, bail was set at $3 million but Jones was sent to Bucks County Jail after being unable to post it.

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The affidavit stated that Jones said she primarily had been breastfeeding the baby, but switched to formula a few days before the baby's death, saying the infant wasn't getting enough milk.

"The benefits of breastfeeding largely outweigh any theoretical minimal risks", the article states.

In 2002, California mother Amy Prien was charged with second-degree murder after the coroner's office confirmed that her 3-month-old son overdosed on methamphetamine, which entered his system through breast milk.

Toxicology reports were done on both the formula and the bottle and no drugs were found in either.

Jones has a 2-year-old son who is in the primary custody of his father, Busico said.

Jones was arraigned on the charges and is tentatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 23.

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