Samantha Jones killed her 10-week-old boy RJ by feeding him from her breasts.
He died after ingesting a combination of methadone, methamphetamine and amphetamine.
The 31-year-old was charged with homicide – but confessed to involuntary manslaughter.
Court documents revealed RJ started crying one night at 3am.
Drug addict Samantha complained she was too tired to prepare him a bottle – so breastfed him.
“I never wanted this to happen”
Waking up hours later, she realised RJ was pale, unresponsive and had died, reports WHYY.
The baby suffered a cardiac arrest after drinking the toxic breast milk, and died on April 2, 2018 at their home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Jones said that she had been prescribed methadone to treat her addiction to painkillers.
Appearing in court on May 8, she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
She told the court: “I never wanted this to happen. I loved my little boy more than anything. I have to live with this every day.”
Judge Wallace Bateman said that jailing her would be pointless, as she was already suffering the true penalty of regret and grief.
He sentenced her to time served, plus 36 months’ probation.
Jones was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
The judge said there was an emphasis on helping mums.
He added he hoped the sentence would prompt other drug-addicted parents to seek help.
He added that had Jones reached out, RJ’s tragic death could have been avoided.
Last year, District attorney Matt Weintraub: “Mrs Jones made a conscious choice to feed her baby breast milk, which she knew would be laced with illegal drugs such as amphetamine and methamphetamine, along with methadone.”
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