A mother who prosecutors say killed her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk is not going to prison.
Under terms of a plea agreement, a judge has sentenced 31-year-old Samantha Jones to three years’ probation and 100 hours of community service.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s office says an autopsy found the baby died in April 2018 from a combination of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine.
According to an affidavit, Jones told police she’d been too tired to make the baby a bottle when he awoke crying and instead breast fed him.
At around 3 a.m. the baby began crying and Jones allegedly told police she tried to breastfeed the child because she was too tired to go downstairs to get a bottle of formula.
Her husband told police the baby was crying again around 6 a.m. and Jones asked him to prepare a bottle of formula. After he left for work she fed the baby and fell back asleep.
She woke up again around 7:30 a.m. to find the child in obvious distress.
The child was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead about an hour later.
A few hours later, the baby was pale and died at a hospital.
Jones told police she had been prescribed methadone because of a painkiller addiction.