A Bucks County mother was charged with homicide last week in the April 2 death of her 11-week-old son who allegedly ingested breast milk tainted with a combination of drugs. She told police officers, per the affidavit, that she had been prescribed methadone because of an addiction to painkillers. Later she added that she switched over three days prior because she thought he wasn't getting enough breastmilk and he wasn't sleeping well.
On the morning the child died, Jones says the baby was crying around 3 a.m. and she had tried to breastfeed him one more because she was too exhausted to go downstairs and prepare a bottle of formula. She awakened an hour later to find the infant pale, with bloody mucous coming from his nose, the affidavit said. The child was later transported to an area hospital when he died around 8:30 a.m.
A judge set Jones' bail at $3 million, cash, and has instructed her not to be in contact with anyone under 18-years-old. She told investigators initially that she had switched to formula the afternoon before the baby's death so she could "re-up her supply", the document said.
Busico was not immediately available for further comment at his law office in Newtown, Pennsylvania on Monday. She woke up and asked him to make a bottle for the baby.
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A 911 dispatcher instructed Jones' mother - who was also home at the time - to perform CPR until authorities arrived just before 7:40 a.m. New Britain Township Police and Bucks County Detectives believe the fatal drugs entered the baby's body through the mother's breast milk.
According to researchers behind an article in Canadian Family Physician, methadone exposure through breast milk is minimal.
A separate article in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology though says mothers should avoid breastfeeding for 48 hours after recreational amphetamine use. "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 was arraigned on the charges and is tentatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 23. Jones has a 2-year-old son who is in the care of his father.