11-week-old baby dead after ingesting drug-laced breastmilk, mother charged with homicide

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.

Samantha Whitney Jones, 30, was charged on Friday for the April 2 death of her child in their Bucks County, Pennsylvania home.

An autopsy performed on the infant revealed a combination of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine — allegedly transmitted through Jones’ breastmilk – was responsible for the infant’s death, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Jones told police that she was prescribed methadone for a painkiller addiction and was taking it both before and after giving birth to her son.

The child’s father informed police he found Jones and the baby in different rooms of the home around 6 a.m. when the child was crying, the document said. He then prepared a bottle of formula for his son and left for work. Jones fed the baby about a half an hour later, placed him in his bassinet and fell back asleep. The mother woke an hour later and found the boy “pale, with bloody mucous coming from his nose.”

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. The New Britain Township police who responded to the call found the baby in cardiac arrest, the affidavit said. He rushed by an ambulance to Doylestown Hospital and was pronounced dead at 8:29 in the emergency room.

Jones said that she had switched the baby to formula three days before his death because he wasn’t getting enough milk through breastfeeding. On the morning of his death, however, Jones told police she decided to try again at around 3 a.m. because she was too tired to walk downstairs and prepare a bottle of formula.

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 has another child – a 2-year-old son – who is currently in the care of his father.