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Woman charged in methadone death of her 14-day-old baby

Posted at 4:00 PM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 06:13:41-05

MILWAUKEE, WI — Authorities have charged a 30-year-old Cudahy woman with reckless homicide after her 14-day-old baby died from a dose of methadone.

WITI-TV reports that Amanda-Linn Tanski told investigators she had been receiving prescribed methadone treatments and was told by a doctor she could breastfeed her child. Methadone is a narcotic that's used to treat opioid addiction.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner stated in the complaint that "the lethal amount of methadone in (the infant's) system could not have been delivered via breastfeeding."

Police say they received a 911 call from the child's father about 2 a.m. on Dec. 19 after he noticed the baby was limp and did not appear to be breathing. Paramedics attempted life-saving measures before the child was pronounced dead about 3 a.m.