A young mother in New Mexico has been charged with giving her newborn son methadone and heroin in an effort to calm his withdrawal symptoms.
Angelica Mendoza was arrested at Carrie Tingley Hospital in Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal reported. She is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond.
Mendoza, who was on methadone maintenance during her pregnancy, gave birth more than two weeks ago. She reportedly admitted that on Tuesday, when her 16-day-old son showed signs of withdrawal, she tried to calm him by putting a small amount of methadone on his pacifier.
When her son remained irritable, she tried a mix of heroin and methadone.
The baby, who had to be resuscitated three times, was transferred to the University of New Mexico Hospital.
Hospital security officers said they found a backpack with drug paraphernalia and needles in the infant's room at Carrie Tingley.
Friday, December 02, 2005
MOM CHARGED WITH GIVING SMACK TO INFANT
Angelica Mendoza: Not a saint, according to cops. UPI reports:
Who's she trying to be, Courtney Love?