A Bucks County woman is facing charges after authorities say her 11-week-old baby died from a lethal combination of drugs transmitted through her breast milk.
But then, when the baby woke up at 3 a.m. on the morning of April 2, Jones told police that she was too exhausted to make a bottle of formula and told police she tried to breastfeed him.
As the investigation is still ongoing, it is possible Jones could face charges that carry a mandatory life sentence, Deputy District Attorney Kristin McElroy said in a statement from the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Jones told police she had been prescribed methadone because of a painkiller addiction. She later said, according to police, that she had made the switch three days before the baby's death because she hadn't been making enough breast milk to satisfy R.J.
She claimed she fed him the formula milk and put him back down to sleep but an hour later she noticed that he was pale and had mucous coming out of his nose.
Louis Busico, the lawyer representing Jones, could not be reached for comment.
His father left him to go to work at around 6.30am after preparing a bottle of formula milk for him.
Police arrived at the home in New Britain, about 35 miles north of Philadelphia, to find the baby in cardiac arrest.
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Jones's mother began CPR at the instruction of a dispatcher after they called 911, the affidavit said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Toxicology reports were done on both the formula and the bottle and no drugs were found in either.
According to researchers behind an article in Canadian Family Physician, methadone exposure through breast milk is minimal.
Jones's husband, Vincent McGovern, told police he found his wife and the baby in a separate bedroom at about 6 a.m. on April 2.
In 2002, California mother Amy Prien was charged with second-degree murder after the coroner's office confirmed that her 3-month-old son overdosed on methamphetamine, which entered his system through breast milk.
Jones has a 2-year-old son who is in the primary custody of his father, Busico said.
A preliminary hearing for Jones has been scheduled for July 23, according to court records.