Mother charged with homicide after baby dies from breast milk
Samantha Whitney Jones was arrested after her 11-week-old son passed away. Reports revealed that her breastmilk caused the baby’s death.
Around three in the morning on April 2nd, Jones woke up to the sound of her baby, R.J., crying. Half-asleep, she picked up her baby and tried to breastfeed him.
Five hours later, the baby was found lifeless due to the “lethal combination of drugs” found in his system from Jones’ breast milk, according to prosecutors.
30-year-old Jones – proclaimed to have been addicted to illegal substances - was charged with criminal homicide on July 13th.
#BREAKING 30 year old Samantha Whitney Jones of New Britain Township was charged with killing her 11 week old baby by @BucksDa. Jones is an addict and killed her son with a lethal combination of drugs transmitted through her breast milk. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/KKam5hrKpp— Steve McK (@StevePMcK) July 13, 2018
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According to a probable cause affidavit from the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, the autopsy showed that the baby’s blood had methadone, amphetamine, and methamphetamine.
At the time of the incident, Jones’ husband saw his wife sleeping while his son was crying. It was about six in the morning then.
After a while, Jones asked her husband to give R.J. a bottle of formula. They fed the baby and went back to sleep.
When they woke up, Jones checked on her son and saw that he was pale, not breathing, and had “bloody mucous coming out of his nose.”
In a state of panic, they called 911 while Jones’ mother, Cheryl Jones, began CPR. Minutes after, the police arrived and the baby was already in cardiac arrest.
They rushed the baby to Doylestown Hospital, which was over six miles away. By the time they arrived, the baby was already dead.
The authorities also analyzed the formula and the bottle used to feed baby R.J., and both tested negative for “illicit drugs.”
Around the time of the baby’s death, Jones was reported to be taking methadone. It was prescribed for her to help with her painkiller addiction. Investigators revealed that she was also taking the drug while she was pregnant with the baby.