06 Aug '11, 3am

Mother Accused of Murder After Breast-Fed Son Dies | Care2 Causes

Mother Accused of Murder After Breast-Fed Son Dies | Care2 Causes

A new case out of California takes the issue of maternal responsibility to entirely new heights . Maggie Jean Wortmon, a 26-year-old woman in northern California, is being accused of second-degree murder after her infant son, Michael, was found dead. Wortmon was breastfeeding Michael, and because she was also ingesting methamphetamine, she is being accused of knowingly killing her son, in addition to charges of manslaughter and child abuse. The baby was discovered, after his death, to have meth in his system. Prosecutors say that she showed “conscious disregard” for her child by choosing to breastfeed, even after she had taken drugs. In other words, she was intentionally harming her baby by ingesting substances that would make her breast milk toxic. The punishment for second-degree murder is up to 15 years in prison. It is, unsurprisingly, much more serious than a manslaug...

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