NORTH DAKOTA - A mother breastfeeding her newborn after snorting drugs didn't have her baby's best interest in mind and sadly the baby died. The breastfeeding mother is charged with negligent homicide after snorting hydrocodone and falling asleep while breastfeeding the baby. When Reanna Pederson woke up, her four-day-old infant wasn’t breathing, according to WDAYNews on Sept. 25.
Pederson was asleep for about an hour and a half when she woke up and found her newborn unresponsive. Pederson called 911 and paramedics administered CPR to the baby. He was rushed to the hospital where he lived for another day before dying, reports Mail Online today.
The 32-year-old mother said that she had accidentally smothered her baby, but authorities claim the infant’s death was caused by fatal effects from the drugs. Pederson said she placed a pillow, which is in a U-shape and called a “boppy,” around her for support and then fell asleep with the baby.
The baby died at the hospital on June 14, but the charges in the infant’ s death were filed this week. It seems that Pederson may have a history of drugs as a witness came forward to say that she had smoked methamphetamine in the days leading up to her baby’s birth, reports KFGO.com local news.
The affidavit filed by police said that a detective with the West Fargo Police Department interviewed a doctor who said that snorting the hydrocodone pills would “substantially heighten the effects of the drug.” This would make the user dizzy, drowsy and their breathing would be labored.
Immediately feeding the baby with the mother feeling those effects would be extremely dangerous, said the doctor they interviewed. Relatives of Pederson said they believed she was responsible for her baby’s death.
When the baby was taken into the hospital, Pederson’s mother, Lisa Miller told the media if anything happens to the baby, she blames her daughter. This was before little four-day-old Avery died in the hospital. The baby's obituary was heart warming as family members expressed how sadly he will be missed even though he was only with them for four short days.
Miller was relentless when wanting the book thrown at her daughter for harming the baby. She said if her daughter gets five years for the baby’s death that is not at all justice. “Five years is not nearly enough for taking a life and that is what she did,” said Miller. Pederson has two other children who are staying with relatives. She is out on $5,000 bail.
The Examiner/Sept. 26, 2014