Drug-laced breast milk used to kill infant son: prosecutors

Drug-laced breast milk used to kill infant son: prosecutors

Cheryl Sanders
July 19, 2018

A Bucks County woman is facing charges after authorities say her 11-week-old baby died from a lethal combination of drugs transmitted through her breast milk.

Samantha Jones, 30, of New Britain Township, was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of the infant, named R.J.in court papers.

Jones told police that she had been prescribed methadone because of a painkiller addiction. Jones allegedly told police that she had been primarily breastfeeding the baby but switched to formula three days before the child's death because he wasn't getting enough milk.

At around 6 a.m., R.J. woke up crying and Jones asked his father to prepare a bottle of formula for him, which he did, police say.

A few hours later, the baby was pale and had bloody mucous coming from his nose.

Bail was set at $3 million cash and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 29, the district attorney's office said. It was the findings in the autopsy that listed the cause of death as homicide, and the investigation is ongoing.

Busico was not immediately available for further comment at his law office in Newtown, Pennsylvania on Monday. Jones' mother performed CPR at the instruction of 911 dispatchers until medics arrived. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The physician who conducted the autopsy believes the baby ingested the drugs through the breast milk.

Jones is the latest in a series of US mothers charged for the deaths of their infant children after they breastfed them having previously taken methamphetamine, a stimulant used by more than 12 million people in the United States, according to the government-run National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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

Jones' two-year-old son is now in the custody of his father, the statement said.

Investigators say both drugs, in addition to methamphetamine, were in Jones' child's system.

Her 2-year-old son is in the custody of his father, the station reported. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 23.

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