Louisiana woman accused of drug use while breastfeeding charged with murder

Autumn Blansett, 31
Autumn Blansett, 31(Source: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 8:58 AM CST
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MARRERO, La. (AP) — Authorities say a Louisiana woman who admitted to drug use while breastfeeding her infant daughter has been charged with second-degree murder in the baby’s death.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says Autumn Blansett was arrested Friday after her daughter’s death was ruled a homicide.

Deputies responded to Blansett’s Marrero home Nov. 1 after the baby was found unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives say a toxicology report showed the baby had a lethal amount of methamphetamine in her blood at the time of her death.

Police say Blansett admitted to breastfeeding her baby shortly after using methamphetamine and marijuana.

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