California Woman Claims Meth-Laced Breast Milk Not Cause of Her Baby's Death

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    "Drug addicted mother charged with child endangerment, murder"


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    I'm not entirely sure why she was allowed to have the baby after he was born. She tested positive for meth at six months pregnant; good enough reason for me to take him away until she can prove she's clean. Aside from the breastfeeding issue, there are a whole host of other reasons that someone tweaking out is a bad parent. (You'd think this would be obvious )
    jmiraRN, LL143KnB, DizzyLizzyNurse, and 5 others like this.
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    Sad that you don't have to be smart to get pregnant and have a baby. This woman claims that she did not know meth use could be passed to the baby? I guess she has never read anything. I see pamphlets all over OB-GYN offices regarding alcohol, cigarettes and drug use.
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    So she cares enough for her baby to choose breast milk over formula, but not enough to stop using drugs?
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    Quote from df77
    So she cares enough for her baby to choose breast milk over formula, but not enough to stop using drugs?
    Formula is expensive, but breast milk is free of charge. I'm sure that the meth-head mom was blowing all her money on drugs, and therefore, did not want to come up with $20+ for a can of formula that would only last for a few days at the most.

    Although social programs such as WIC exist to help with the cost of baby formula, perhaps this woman was too high to give a crap.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Formula is expensive, but breast milk is free of charge. I'm sure that the meth-head mom was blowing all her money on drugs, and therefore, did not want to come up with $20+ for a can of formula that would only last for a few days at the most.

    Although social programs such as WIC exist to help with the cost of baby formula, perhaps this woman was too high to give a crap.
    Actually, I think WIC is changing what it pays for. The last I heard is that they are becoming breastfeeding only unless you have an MD excuse you. I think it is purely for the money aspect and not the health benefits. I wonder if this is going to blow up in their face if they have many drug users that come forward for formula like you said. That woman is either lying or doesn't remember the nurses and doctors telling her the detrimental effects her behavior has on the baby.
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    Sounds somewhat similar to something that happened in my area a few years back.

    Mom delivered a 29-weeker by stat C-section...baby died with a BAC of 0.17. Mom ended up pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, got probation and drug court. Two years later she flunked drug court, so THEN she had to go to jail for 7 years.

    Apparently Missouri has a law whereby moms are supposed to be exempt from prosecution if their behavior "indirectly" harms the fetus...but we also have a law that treats a fetus as a full-fledged person in legal cases. (Example...if you're drunk driving and kill a pregnant woman, it counts as two people killed, not just one.)

    As I recall, the judge was entertaining throwing the entire case out b/c of the "indirect harm" clause, but after it was proven that Mom con't to drink significant amounts on a regular basis after being repeatedly counseled not to, they decided to go ahead and prosecute.

    I may get completely flamed for this, but if you're going to do your best to kill your infant, get an abortion. If you manage to actually deliver a viable baby, and then plan on abusing it to the point of death/irrepable harm, just leave the hospital without the baby. There's so many stories of these poor innocent little ones born into horrific lives, it breaks my heart. (I'm not talking about occasional lapses of judgement like you snap one day and crack your kid's butt too hard, I'm talking about those poor kiddos you read about who die at a young age with a history of multiple fractures, severe malnutrition, etc.)
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    IT drives me insane when people can't even grasp the one single fundamental law of nature which is to protect their young and not only do these people fall short of it, they endanger them. I'm with mama d on this one... I don't want them to have to suffer horrific things...
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    Quote from lrobinson5
    Actually, I think WIC is changing what it pays for. The last I heard is that they are becoming breastfeeding only unless you have an MD excuse you.
    I work for WIC and that simply is not the truth. They are promoting breastfeeding but they are definitely not discontinuing the formula.
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    Quote from oklahomagal
    I work for WIC and that simply is not the truth. They are promoting breastfeeding but they are definitely not discontinuing the formula.
    I thought it sounded weird too, but when they added the new foods (like fresh fruit) the woman at WIC told me that was only the beginning, and then told me about the formula. Thanks for clarifying
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