Louisiana Mother Arrested And Charged With The Murder Of Her Infant Daughter
If you are a parent and your child dies from drug toxicity, you can be charged not only with child abuse, neglect, or endangerment but with murder.
A mother was arrested on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Kenner, Louisiana for the murder of her infant daughter. Blood tests found evidence of methamphetamine in both the mother and child.
The baby died in August of 2019 from methamphetamine toxicity.35-year-old Brandie Froeba had been breastfeeding her six-week-old baby with the illegal drug in her system. The baby’s death has been determined a homicide.
Froeba called for emergency assistance on August 16, 2019, to report that her child was not breathing. First responders unsuccessfully attempted CPR to revive the child. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Froeba admitted to breastfeeding the infant until both fell asleep. She awoke after a few hours and discovered the baby was not breathing. Police noticed that Froeba was speaking and acting strangely, as if under the influence of some drug. She was slurring and seemed very sedate for the circumstances. Froeba only admitted to marijuana use at the time and submitted a blood sample. Methamphetamine was found in the blood of both Froeba and her baby.
The child’s death became a murder investigation when the autopsy determined that the Froeba’s child’s death was caused by methamphetamine toxicity and declared the death a homicide.
The investigation uncovered that Froeba’s baby had tested positive for opiates and marijuana at birth. Froeba was counseled at the time on the risks of using drugs while pregnant or breastfeeding, preventing her from any defense based on the lack of knowledge about the consequences of her actions.
Evidence has been compiled against Froeba, including text messages referencing her use of methamphetamine and other drugs. She also has prior arrest records for drug and paraphernalia possession.