Louisiana infant dies of meth overdose after breastfeeding; mother arrested

Crime

MARRERO, La. — A Marrero woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of murdering her 3-month-old daughter after the child’s autopsy revealed she had ingested a fatal amount of meth, WWL TV is reporting.  

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Autumn Blansett on a charge of second-degree murder. 

According to investigators, deputies responded to Blansett’s home in the 5100 block of Eden Roc Drive on the morning of Nov. 1 after her infant was found unresponsive. 

The 3-month-old was pronounced dead at the scene, but the initial investigation didn’t reveal an obvious cause of death, and an autopsy was conducted by the parish coroner’s office. 

On Dec. 11, homicide detectives were alerted about the results: the baby had a lethal dose of meth in her system when she died. 

Her cause of death was listed as methamphetamine intoxication, and her death was ruled a homicide. 

Blansett was interviewed shortly after the coroner’s findings were released, and admitted to breast-feeding the child after using meth and marijuana. 

A search warrant was issued for her house, and detectives found small amounts of both drugs in the home. 

It is unclear when Blansett will appear for her initial court date. 

The child’s death was previously unreported because it was initially labeled as an unclassified death. Her name was not released by detectives. 

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