Mom Blames Breastfeeding After She’s Accused of Giving Baby a ‘Lethal Dose of Methadone’ Prescribed by Doctor

A Milwaukee mother’s preliminary hearing regarding the death of her 14-day-old baby is set for Thursday, Feb. 7.

On Dec. 19, 2018, the complaint says Tanski bottle fed formula to her infant just after midnight, Fox 6 reports. Then, she breastfed the child for 20 minutes, swaddled the baby in a blanket, and placed him or her on the bed.

According to Fox 6, when the newborn’s father returned home around 2 a.m., he spoke with Tanski for several minutes. During the conversation, he“lifted (the infant) up and noticed that (the infant’s) body was limp.”

According to the complaint, the father removed the child from the blanket and noticed the infant was pale and didn’t appear to be breathing. Tanski called 911.

Paramedics were unable to revive the child and pronounced him or her deceased shortly before 3 a.m.

Tanski told police she’d been “receiving methadone treatments” as prescribed by a doctor.  Fox 6 reports “the defendant’s doctor knew the defendant was breastfeeding and did not have concerns about methadone from breastfeeding” the baby.

As Medline Plus reports, Methadone is often prescribed to relieve severe pain in patients who are expected to need pain medication for a long time. It is also prescribed to prevent withdrawal symptoms for treatment-enrolled patients suffering from opioid addiction.

An autopsy reported no internal or external signs of trauma to explain the cause of death. However, a toxicology test would reveal otherwise.

On Jan.11, 2019, the medical examiner said the infant’s “cause of death was acute methadone intoxication by being given a lethal dose of methadone,” Fox 6 reports.

The medical examiner stated in the complaint:

…the lethal amount of methadone in (the infant’s) system could not have been delivered via breastfeeding.

As Baby Gooroo reports, in 2001, researchers discovered that only small amounts of methadone transfer into human milk.

After this discovery, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “gave methadone-dependent women—those under the care of a physician and no longer using illicit ‘street’ drugs—the go-ahead to breastfeed.”

The infant’s death was ruled a homicide following the toxicology test results.

As Fox 6 reports, Tanski later confessed that she was “having trouble caring for both children while (the infant’s) father was at a bar on Dec. 18.”

She faces a first-degree reckless homicide charge. Tanski made her first court appearance on Feb. 2, when her bail was set at $5,000.