Samantha Whitney Jones a New Britain, Pennsylvania woman and drug user is charged with murder after breastfeeding her baby infant tainted milk.
Charged with criminal homicide is Samantha Whitney Jones, 30 of New Britain Township, Bucks County. The mother’s booking on Friday follows the April 2 death of her infant child, cited as R.J in court papers.
According to the affidavit, Samantha Jones told cops she’d been prescribed methadone because of an addiction to painkillers, that she had taken it during her pregnancy and that she was taking it at the time of the baby’s death.
Notice of the baby’s death followed authorities finding the baby in cardiac arrest after responding to a 911 call. Jones’ mother called the cops and reportedly tried CPR.
The affidavit stated that Jones said she primarily had been breastfeeding the baby, but had switched to formula three days earlier, saying the infant wasn’t getting enough milk from breastfeeding.
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 tired to go downstairs and prepare a bottle of formula.
According to cited papers, the mother also said she fed the infant formula at 6 a.m., fell asleep and then woke up to find her son pale, with bloody mucus coming from his nose.
Jones was held in lieu of $3 million cash bail.
Her 2-year-old son is in the custody of his father.
The D.A.’s office said in a news release that Jones’ defense attorney argued for minimal bail saying R.J.’s death was not intentional.
New Britain police alleged in a July 14, 2017, criminal complaint that Jones was spotted the month prior passed out behind the wheel with a baby in the car. A blood test later showed wheel under the influence of the same drugs found in her now-deceased son’s system with the addition of the anxiety medication Clonazepam.
The most serious charges in the case were dropped and she was sentenced to a period of house arrest with the condition she continue drug treatment, according to court records.
At the time of her 2017 arrest, Jones was pregnant. It remained unclear if the woman attended counseling….
And then there were these comments on the web that made this author wonder, see what you think?
‘At the time of conception she should have been placed into rehab. Where she could not get high. Where the baby could be monitored. After the birth it should have been removed from her care until she was sober without any methadone or suboxin as they are making them high as well.’
‘Yes, charges are certainly appropriate but, $3,000,000 bail? Are we punishing addiction or an addict’s behavior?’
‘Yes let’s just kill everyone who is addicted to drugs and ignore the epidemic itself.’
‘If someone is prescribed methadone during pregnancy for an addiction, why aren’t they put on a watchlist? Someone to follow up and check on the welfare of the baby? Such a sad, senseless and preventable death.’
‘People should have to pass a test before having children.’