3-month-old baby dies after mother consumed meth before breastfeeding, report says

month old baby dies after mother consumed meth before breastfeeding charged with murder
Source: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Mega

Aug. 25 2021, Published 2:26 p.m. ET

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A 3-month-old girl died after her mother consumed methamphetamine before breastfeeding her, police say.

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On the morning of Nov. 1, 2020, police say Autumn Blansett, 32, called 911 after she found her daughter, Maddalynn, unresponsive in their Louisiana home.

When medical personnel arrived, they could not revive the baby, according to authorities.

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There was no sign of abuse on the baby, but a toxicology test during the autopsy showed Maddalynn died from methamphetamine intoxication and her death was ruled a homicide, officials said.

On Dec. 11, 2020, police questioned Blansett about the toxicology results and she admitted to using meth and marijuana right before breastfeeding Maddalynn, authorities said.

She also admitted to smoking meth every other day, even after the baby’s death, police said.

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On Aug. 19, a Jefferson Parish grand jury indicted Blansett in connection to the murder of Maddalynn and possession of meth, officials said.

She was charged with second-degree murder and possession of marijuana, police said.

At the time of the indictment, The New Orleans Advocate reported Blansett was free on a $78,000 bond, but the bond was increased to $153,000 after she was formally charged.

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