New mother whose baby was found dead in his bed at three months old admits she used methadone, heroin and marijuana when she was pregnant
- Woman admitted that she used methadone, heroin and marijuana during pregnancy
- The woman gave her son a bottle and woke up to see that he was dead in his bed
- The couple lived at the time in a supported accommodation in Canberra
- Cause of death was not identified, but a test of his hair was positive for heroin
A young mother whose baby was found dead in his bed in three months, admitted that she was regularly pregnant with methadone, heroin and marijuana.
The woman had fed her son & # 39; s bottle early in the morning, but woke up to find him lying on his back in bed in the supported accommodation where they lived in Canberra, in June 2017, an investigation into the death of the child heard two weeks ago.
While a cause of death was not identified by a post-mortem examination and it was confirmed that there were no drugs in the boy's system, a test of his hair was positively returned for heroin use.
A young mother whose baby had been found dead in his bed in three months, admitted that she regularly used methadone, heroin and marijuana during pregnancy (stock image)
Since then, an investigation has been made into the death of the child, revealing that the young mother has often exposed her son to drugs, ABC news reported.
When asked about her drug use during her pregnancy, the woman admitted taking methadone and heroin.
& # 39; I used regularly … a few times a week. I may have smoked some marijuana, & she said.
The counselor who assists the coroner Sarah Baker-Goldsmith asked if the woman had actively stopped taking medication during her pregnancy, confessed the woman to continue with the use.
The research also showed that the boy entered treatment for & # 39; neonatal abstinence & # 39; shortly after birth. was placed.
The woman admitted that within only a week and a half she gave birth, she returned to the regular use of heroin.
Since then, a study has been conducted into the death of the child, revealing that the young mother often exposed her son to drugs (stock image)
& # 39; It was just dibs and dab, I didn't try to do it. A few times a week, & the woman said.
However, she claimed that she chose not to ask for help or to tell anyone because she was afraid she might lose her child.
The woman chose to continue with her drug use despite & # 39; thinking about & # 39; what it could do and how it could influence her son's development.
& # 39; I heard that there could be birth defects … I heard that there could be problems during pregnancy and delivery, & # 39; said the young mother.
The woman said that she was also aware that her son could develop withdrawal symptoms and that four other children had already been taken from her and placed in care.
She was afraid of tackling ACT's care and protection service and wanted to live in a supportive environment and be a mother to her child.
The woman also admitted that she was left with drug testing in the period before the birth of the baby, and avoiding testing by diluting the results or giving clean samples of other people's urine, the study found.
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