Mother whose baby died from drugs in her breast milk pleads guilty

Samantha Jones
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A 31-year-old Bucks County woman has pleaded guilty to killing her 10-week-old son by breastfeeding him with a deadly combination of drugs in her system. 

Samantha Jones broke down in tears on Wednesday as she told the judge she loved her little boy and would do anything to change what happened.

She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, and Bucks County judge Wallace Bateman gave her a sentence that will prevent her from spending time in prison: three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The baby died from a combination of methadone, methamphetamine, and amphetamine transferred through breastmilk. 

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Prosecutor Kristin McElroy says prosecutors never alleged the death was intentional, but they say it could have been avoided if she’d told someone she had relapsed and was using drugs again.

"Certainly her conduct was grossly negligent," McElroy said. "She had resources, there were bottles in the house, and there were other adults in the house."

Jones’s attorney, Lou Busico, said Jones was trying to hide her relapse rather than ask for help. He told the judge there is no penalty she could get that is worse than the guilt she is already living with.

He says the judge sent the right message to any new mothers fighting addiction and is scared she might relapse.

"You want that young woman to pick up the phone. You want her to call her mother, her father, an addictions counselor, anybody, to say, 'I need a little bit of help.' And that’s what the judge did today," Busico said. "He said to the rest of society, 'Make that call.'"