Pennsylvania mother accused of killing baby with drug-laced breast milk

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Donated breast milk is shown in a New England facility in this 2012 file

A Philadelphia-area woman was charged on Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her 11-week-old son, reports The Morning Call.

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.

Busico was not immediately available for further comment at his law office in Newtown, Pennsylvania on Monday.

Jones told police that after her husband left for work, she fed the baby the formula, placed him in a bassinet at about 6:30, and fell asleep.

At around 6 a.m., Jones' husband found the pair. However, she said that on April 2 at about 3 a.m., she woke to hear R.J. crying. After Jones woke up around 3 the infant's cries, she chose to breastfeed him instead of going downstairs to mix a bottle. Jones went back to sleep and when she awakened about an hour later, she went to check on R.J.

A few hours later, the baby was pale and had bloody mucus coming from his nose, she told police.

Jones began CPR at the instruction of a 911 dispatcher. New Britain Township Police and Bucks County Detectives believe the fatal drugs entered the baby's body through the mother's breast milk.

The baby was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Jones said she had been primarily breast-feeding the baby, but had switched to formula three days earlier, saying the infant was not getting enough milk from breast feeding, the documents said.

Many other illegal drugs can be transferred to a baby through breast milk, Alan says. The woman, Samantha Whitney Jones, was addicted to painkillers but had taken methadone during her pregnancy and admitted she was still using it.

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

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

He has trouble wrapping his mind around a homicide charge for the infant's death. She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2006. She called out to her mother, Cheryl Jones, who was in the house. He called the baby's death "a frightful accident of unfathomable proportions", but said it was not a homicide.

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