A two-month-old infant was found dead early Saturday morning In Washington County, Maryland, Nov. 2, after her intoxicated mother passed out while breastfeeding her, according to RTV Channel 6 News.
Maryland mother, Yadina Indira Morales, 22, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, as well as second-degree child abuse, after the death of her baby girl.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were called to her home at the 11200 block of Scarlet Drive, reports RTV Channel 6, for a report of an unresponsive infant.
Morales was found highly intoxicated and unconscious while trying to nurse her baby. After passing out, she smothered her child who was found under her mother’s body. The baby was taken to Meritus Medical Center and was pronounced dead. Her body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Falling asleep while breastfeeding is a general danger for all moms, let alone those who are intoxicated. According to Livestrong.com,” Falling asleep while breastfeeding is dangerous. According to the Lullaby Trust, independent studies show that falling asleep with your baby while in a chair or on a sofa is risky, even if you are not breastfeeding. Your baby can fall or succumb to a condition called overlying. Overlying is when a baby dies of suffocation due to the obstruction of their airways while lying against the mother. This can happen anywhere.”
However, Morales was found to be highly intoxicated in this situation. She was taken to Meritus Medical Center, as well, and then later to booking and processing at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Court records show that she was released on bail on Saturday.