An Indiana mother has been arrested after her infant child died from meth intoxication after ingesting her breastmilk.
Ashley Rans, 36, is now in jail on two separate charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
Rans called first responders to the Plymouth home where the baby died. She told responders that she had rolled over her baby while asleep.
But after the infant was examined, investigators concluded that that was not the cause of the baby's death. The autopsy occurred the day after the infant's death and showed both amphetamine and methamphetamine in the baby's system
"The cause and manner of death were determined by the forensic pathologist, and he determined the infant died of acute methamphetamine intoxication, and the manner of death was homicide," Marshall County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier said.
According to the affidavit, Rans admitted to using marijuana and told investigators that she was aware there was a possibility of transferring the drug to her child through breastfeeding.
Once the autopsy report was released, she confessed to taking meth two days prior to breastfeeding her child.
"Every year, we get those cases where people fall asleep with their infant in their arms in a chair or in bed or somehow end up asphyxiating an otherwise healthy child, just from unsafe practices," Napier said.
Rans is currently being detained at the Marshall County Jail and faces between 20 and 40 years in prison if convicted on the charges.
Her initial court date has not yet been made public.