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Infant died in washing machine while mother was high on drugs

  1. SamanthaRabbit
    Paying For Birth Control

    A mother is in jail tonight with a bond set at $100,000 in connection with the death of if her infant daughter who was found Thursday in a washing machine.
    Court records show the day 10-da-old Maggie May died her mother, 26-year-old Lyndsey Fiddler tested positive for meth, anti-anxiety drugs and opiates.

    FOX23’s Abbie Alford talked with an organization that helps keep drug addicted mothers from having kids.

    Project Prevention a non-profit organization who pays women to get sterilized or use a birth control.

    It’s an organization founded by a mother who has adopted eight children from drug addicted mothers. These are children who now have a chance. Maggie May in Bartlesville did not have a chance.

    When Maggie’s mother was pregnant close friends tell FOX23 News she was high on drugs.

    “She admitted to doing stuff while she was pregnant, drugs, so I know that took a toll on the baby,” says a close friend of Maggie who did not want to disclose her name.

    Bartlesville Police found Fiddler had been using meth and opiates the day Maggie was found dead in a washing machine.

    Her aunt who found the baby believed it was an accident.

    "She was putting laundry in the basket and she had Maggie in her arms and I think somehow or another she ended up in the washer," says Rhonda Coshatt.

    Had Fiddler only learned about Project Prevention, a North Carolina group that helps keep drug and alcohol addicted mothers and fathers from having children Maggie may still be alive.

    "This is legal child abuse and these kids are born with the cards stacked against them and it's not okay,” says Barbara Harris.

    In a Skype interview Harris says her group pays $300 to moms and dads who agree to sterilization procedures or who promise to use birth control consistently.

    "Yes, it's a bribe call it whatever you want it takes money to get their attention but if it keeps them focused long enough to follow through and do a responsible thing they are glad that they did," says Harris.

    She has been criticized for her work.

    "'Well you know that they are going to use that money for drugs' but that's their choice, the babies don't have a choice," says Harris. "They are going to do drugs with or without our 300 dollars."

    Harris also adopted eight children born from mothers who used drugs.

    "My children didn't have a choice to be born sober or not," says Harris.

    Harris says many women use abortions as birth control.

    “The woman who come through our program before giving birth with us 4,721 abortions," says Harris.

    She says one woman already had 15 abortions before she got help and many already have multiple children.

    Women who work with Harris’ agency must prove they’re addicts and see a doctor to receive the $300.

    If the mother relapses the money is still available to receive birth control.

    To learn more call (888) 30-CRACK

    Fiddler has been officially charged with Child Neglect which carries up to a 10-year-prison sentence. The Washington County District Attorney says additional charges could be filed. Fiddler is scheduled to be in court on Friday.

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Resources has a month to respond to FOX23 News’ request for Fiddler’s DHS history.

    Project Prevention was founded in 1998/ Harris says she has worked to pass legislation nationwide that would make it illegal for women to give birth to children while addicted to drugs.

    November 8th, 2010


  1. Spucky
    AW: Infant died in washing machine while mother was high on drugs


    This is real bad Journalism!
  2. Moving Pictures
    I support giving birth control to female addicts, even paying them to take it but the sterilization is too far. Having your tubes tied or w/e the procedure is can be irreverseable and the woman may change her ways and one day decided she's ready to have a child but won't be able to. But with the temptation of the money, the woman may just think fuck it and that she'll be an addict for life anyway and go through with it.

    I do agree drug addicts shouldn't be having children. They need to be given access to free birth control measures but paying women to be sterilized is going too far. Most heath clinics do give women free birth control pills but many female addicts don't use them. If they had a cash incentive to regularly take them, they would be much more likely to do so.
  3. SamanthaRabbit
    I find it offensive and repulsive that a group would pay women to make a permanent decision when their addiction and drug abuse hardship may only last for a short period. Its like the group is asking women to give up their most precious right... I mean, convincing someone to sterilize themselves when they are in a drug induced state is not the time to take advantage of someone's point in their life.

    Children should not have parents who are addicts, and there should be programs for free or inexpensive birth control, and maybe the 5 - 10 year IUD.
  4. catseye
    ^^ and men too, don't forget. Vasectomies can be reversed, but there isn't a great success rate and it is a costly and painful procedure. Fox News *rolls eyes* - why am I not surprised that they have mixed two stories that essentially have no connection and used the opportunity to feed the masses on more myths and scare mongering :( It is horrific that the poor baby died that way - just like many other unfortunate children the world over...of both addicted and non-addicted parents.
    I'd love to know how many people Project Prevention actually give the $300 for birth control vs. how many they talk into sterilization...
    what a scary world :confused:

  5. SamanthaRabbit
    Dead Baby Found in Washer Spin Cycle

    Dead Baby Found in Washer Spin Cycle

    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Washington County prosecutors have charged a woman whose baby was found dead in a washing machine with child neglect.

    Lyndsey Fiddler appeared in court via video monitor from jail Sunday. Fiddler said she couldn't make the $100,000 bond and would apply for a court-appointed attorney.

    Fiddler was arrested Friday, the day after 10-day-old Maggie Trammel was discovered at a Bartlesville residence.

    Fiddler's roommate, Rhonda Coshatt, told authorities she placed Maggie on the sofa after feeding her and changing her diaper. Coshatt said Fiddler picked up Maggie and said she was putting her to bed.

    Coshatt says when she checked on Maggie later, she couldn't locate her. She soon found the child inside the washing machine, which was on the spin cycle.

    Fiddler said she put Maggie in a bassinet and didn't know how she got in the washer.

    According to media reports, court documents show Fiddler tested positive for several drugs, including methamphetamine.

    November 9th, 2010
  6. SamanthaRabbit
    Investigation Preceded Dead Baby in Washer Spin Cycle

    Drug reports ignored before baby's death

    BARTLESVILLE, Okla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Before an Oklahoma baby died in a washing machine, the state received many complaints about drugs in the home, a state report says.

    Maggie May Trammel, 10 days old, was found dead in her Bartlesville home Nov. 4, The Oklahoman reported.

    Months before, a county agency was told a relative of the infant's mother had died of a drug overdose there, said a report from the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.

    "The deceased relative was reported to have been left in the home for 7 hours before law enforcement notification as everyone at the residence was 'shooting up with speed' when the relative died," the report said.

    Lyndsey Fiddler was pregnant with Maggie at the time and had two other children, ages 8 and 5.

    A relative took the two children away, and the children were described as "hungry and dirty," the newspaper said. Then the county investigated the complaint but decided the children were "safe in the home."

    Fiddler was charged with child neglect after Maggie's death and is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

    December 1st, 2010

    Investigations Preceded Dead Baby in Washer

    TULSA, Okla. - A Bartlesville woman charged with neglect in the death of her 10-day-old daughter in a washing machine was investigated six times by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services -- which found no abuse or neglect of her older children despite findings of drug use.

    A report released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth shows 26-year-old Lyndsey Fiddler was investigated for allegations of slapping a child and using drugs. The reports note drug use -- but say no abuse or neglect was found of Fiddler's 8- and 5-year-old children.

    Fiddler is charged with felony child abuse in the Nov. 4 death of Maggy May Trammel in a washing machine in Fiddler's home .

    Fiddler has said she put the baby in a bassinette and doesn't know how she got into the washer.

    DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell told the Tulsa World the agency is reviewing the report.

    December 1st, 2010
  7. catseye
    ^^ Thanks for the update, I did wonder what the outcome of this would be :(
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