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Woman Indicted For Murder in Newborn's Cocaine Death

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 18 April 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Cocaine

Mother Uses Cocaine While Pregnant

A Mississippi woman in indicted in the death of her newborn, which was caused by her cocaine use while pregnant. According to, the 33-year-old woman was originally charged with manslaughter, but the grand jury indicted her on a murder charge. She gave birth to her infant son in February, and he died three hours later.

The autopsy results listed the cause of deaths respiratory impairment due to the mother's drug use. The infant had an "excessive amount of cocaine" in his system. At the time of the child's death, his mother was out on bond for a felony charge of possession of heroin. She remains in jail and could end up with a life sentence.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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