Last August, Louisiana mom Brandie Froeba breastfed her 6-week-old daughter, Daisy, and fell asleep. She woke up to find her baby girl was no longer breathing.
The mother contacted 911, and the child was rushed to a hospital in Kenner, The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Daisy was pronounced dead just a short time later.
Authorities noted that Froeba had slurred speech at the time and she agreed to submit a blood sample. She admitted to using marijuana the day prior.
In November, an autopsy revealed that the infant died from methamphetamine toxicity. Kenner police then ruled Daisy’s death a homicide due to her young age.
The mother’s blood sample also tested positive for the drug.
During an investigation, Kenner police uncovered text messages by Froeba detailing alleged use of crystal meth, the Advocate reports.
It was determined that the mom most likely had the drugs in her system when she breastfed her baby girl.
And on March 8, Froeba was arrested on one count of second-degree murder. The mom broke down in tears when she was given the charge last Wednesday, according to KADN.
In September, she wrote on Facebook that her daughter “passed peacefully in her sleep just simply because her brain did not tell her lungs to breathe.”
The mom said Daisy’s organs were donated to other children in need.
Before Daisy, Froeba had also given birth to a different baby who tested positive for opiates. At that time, she was warned that using drugs while pregnant and breastfeeding could be harmful.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), little is known about how amphetamines in breast milk affect babies.
But mothers who have used drugs like methamphetamine may be able to inadvertently transfer the drug to their children through breastmilk for up to 48 hours.
Even some prescription drugs taken by mothers can cause harm by passing through breast milk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that breastfeeding moms check possible adverse effects and how long they should wait before feeding.
Froeba is currently being held on $250,000 bond.