Bucks County mother faces charges from drug-tainted breast milk

Frederick Owens
July 19, 2018

The mother of an 11-week-old baby boy was charged with his homicide after the child died from allegedly ingesting a lethal combination of drugs found in her breastmilk.

Jones is being charged with criminal homicide in connection with her son's death.

The district attorney said the child died from a combination of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine transmitted through her breast milk.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Jones told police she had been prescribed methadone because of a painkiller addiction.

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.

Jones said that on the morning the child died, the baby was crying at 3 a.m. and she tried to breastfeed him because she was too exhausted to go downstairs and prepare a bottle of formula, Fox 29 added citing investigators. When she checked on him an hour later, she noticed that he was white, with bloody mucus coming from his nose, and not breathing. She said that she had taken it during her pregnancy, and that she was taking it when her baby, R.J., died.

The investigation is ongoing, prosecutors said.

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Busico was not immediately available for further comment at his law office in Newtown, Pennsylvania on Monday. The baby was crying, and Jones asked her husband to make him a bottle with formula. Cheryl began CPR and police arrived minutes later to find R.J.in cardiac arrest, authorities said.

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

According to a 2008 article published in Canadian Family Physician, a peer-reviewed journal, women using methadone as part of medical treatment should not be discouraged from breastfeeding.

Jones told investigators that she put him down around 6:30 a.m. and went back to sleep.

Toxicology reports were done on both the formula and the bottle and no drugs were found in either.

A preliminary hearing for Jones is set for July 23.

The affidavit also revealed what Jones said happened leading up to finding her son that fateful morning.

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