MOTHER’S DRUG ABUSE BECAME THE REASON FOR THE DEATH OF AN 11-MONTH OLD INFANT

by San Eli News

A woman in Connecticut was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the July 6th death of her 11-month-old son. The child reportedly died after ingesting a fatal combination of cocaine, fentanyl, and morphine.

The woman identified as Rebecca Dixon, aged 35, was charged with second-degree manslaughter for the infant’s death, which has been deemed as a homicide in early September. Dixon had called the police claiming her son was not breathing; a doctor eventually pronounced him dead after observing no signs of life for a total of 70 minutes.

On the day the cops responded to the Oxford home, Dixon allegedly called out of work and told her mom her son was acting fussy. According to a detail made by an affidavit, Dixon’s mother claimed that she kept the infant inside her room all morning and afternoon until 1 p.m., when Dixon called out realizing the child was not breathing, the grandmother ran upstairs to see the 11-month old lifeless lying face up on the bed.

The blood taken from Dixon on the day her son died allegedly tested positive for six different substances including morphine, cocaine, fentanyl, and benzodiazepine. Since Dixon had traces of the same drugs that killed her son, she was suspected of the 11-month old’s murder.

The state medical examiner stated that the infant died from “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and morphine, with recent cocaine exposure.”

Dixon allegedly admitted that she and her husband used heroin. During a follow-up interview on the 1st of October, days before her arrest, Dixon allegedly told the police she used heroin the night before her son’s death. She also confessed to taking Valium, a benzodiazepine.

WFSB later reported that a thorough search of the home uncovered evidence of drug use in the form of drug paraphernalia, heroin, and baggies commonly used to package drugs.

According to the affidavit, police’s investigation also revealed that the deceased baby was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when a newborn is exposed to opioids while in the womb.