A Pennsylvania mother is accused of killing her young son by feeding him breast milk containing a deadly mix of drugs.
As the investigation is still ongoing, it is possible Jones could face charges that carry a mandatory life sentence, Deputy District Attorney Kristin McElroy said in a statement from the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. The woman, Samantha Whitney Jones, was addicted to painkillers but had taken methadone during her pregnancy and admitted she was still using it.
She also told police she had primarily been breastfeeding the baby but had switched to formula three days before his death out of concerns he wasn't getting enough milk.
At around 3 a.m. on April 2, the baby began crying and Jones allegedly told police she tried to breastfeed the child because she was too exhausted to go downstairs to get a bottle of formula. She awakened an hour later to find the infant pale, with bloody mucous coming from his nose, the affidavit said. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died. Bail was set at $3 million cash. The cause of death, prosecutors say, was a "lethal combination of drugs" ingested through Jones' breast milk.
A message seeking comment from her lawyer wasn't immediately returned Monday. The baby was crying, and Jones asked her husband to prepare a bottle of formula for him, the affidavit said.
Jones began CPR at the instruction of a 911 dispatcher.
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When police arrived at 7:38 a.m., R.J. was in cardiac arrest, according to the affidavit.
A baby is dead and police believe his mother's breast milk is to blame.
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.
Police said the child's father told them he found Jones and the baby in separate bedrooms about 6 a.m. on April 2. Jones has a 2-year-old son who is in the care of his father.
A preliminary hearing for Jones has been scheduled for July 23, according to court records.