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Drugs Found In Breastmilk, Mother Charged

Prosecutors in Bucks County, Pennsylvania have charged mom Samantha Joes, 30 years old, with the killing of her 11-week-old infant son, after they found drugs in her breast milk. As per a report, the baby died due to a combination of drugs he consumed via breastfeeding. The mother is being charged with criminal homicide. According to the attorney representing Jones, the mother loved her infant son and did not intend harm on him.

As per the affidavit, CNN reported that the mom heard the baby crying at 3 a.m. on April 2nd. The child was primarily breastfed; however, Jones had started to give the baby formula as she felt he wasn’t getting enough to eat and wasn’t sleeping. She was too tired that night to make him formula and chose nursing him instead. She fell asleep, on and off, for some hours that night.

Jones’ husband, Vincent McGovern, made the baby a bottle before leaving for that morning. The mother remembers feeding her infant son the formula, then placing him back into his bassinet at 6:30 a.m. before falling asleep once again.

As per the affidavit, Jones woke up approximately one hour after that and noticed the baby had bloody mucus coming out of his nose and was pale. She and her mom, who lived with them, began CPR and called 911.

Sadly, the baby was rushed to the hospital via an ambulance, but was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m. that morning.

Unfortunately, the child’s autopsy reveals traces of methamphetamine, amphetamine, as well as methadone in R.J. blood, which contributed to his death. The autopsy further revealed that the infant boy consumed these drugs via breast milk.

As per the affidavit, the mom had been prescribed methadone as of her pregnancy to help with the management of her opioid painkillers addiction; however, there was no mention of why the other drug were in the baby milk.

Investigators noted that the last bottle fed to R.J. was tested, including the formula can that was purchased, with no traces of those drugs found.

Kristin M. McElroy, Bucks County Deputy District Attorney stated that Jones could be sentenced to a murder charge that holds a mandatory life sentence, as a result of the incident.

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