Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Nursing mother charged with killing infant with drug-laced breast milk

Nursing mother charged with killing infant with drug-laced breast milk

Jones was held in lieu of $3 million cash bail. Her husband told police the baby was crying again around 6 a.m. and Jones asked him to prepare a bottle of formula. Jones says she dozed off intermittently for several hours after that.

The suspect reportedly told investigators she was taking prescription methadone because of an addiction to painkillers when her child died April 2.

Jones told police that R.J. was primarily breastfed but that she switched him to formula the day before he died because she needed to "re-up her supply" of breastmilk.

The D.A.'s office said in a news release that Jones' defense attorney argued for minimal bail saying R.J.'s death was not intentional.

When her husband and R.J.'s dad, Vincent McGovern, got up around 6 a.m., he found them in different rooms and R.J. was crying in his while Jones was sleeping. When she checked on him an hour later, she noticed that he was white, with bloody mucus coming from his nose, and not breathing.

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When police arrived at 7:38 a.m., R.J. was in cardiac arrest, according to the affidavit. "Adverse effects of drugs on the breastfed infant have been reported for several drugs of abuse including amphetamine, heroin, methadone, cocaine, and PCP", Alan says.

Jones immediately shouted for her mother, Cheryl Jones, who also lived in the house, and called 911. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m. Authorities analyzed the contents of the baby formula and the bottle used to feed R.J. the morning he died, and neither tested positive for "illicit drugs", according to the affidavit.

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.

Jones has a 2-year-old son who is in the primary custody of his father, Busico said. A preliminary hearing is set for July 23.

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