Baby Drug Death Case Goes To Jury
Posted by Childress on June 19, 2006
Amy Leanne Prien's fate now lies in the hands of a jury. Unfortunately, her infant son Jacob's fate was entirely in hers. She is accused of killing Jacob by breast-feeding him meth-laced mother's milk. From the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise:
During closing statements, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Allison Nelson reminded jurors of testimony from Amy Leanne Prien's friends, who said Prien used methamphetamine during her entire pregnancy and after her son, Jacob Smith, was born.
"She continued to breast-feed that baby because she didn't care," Nelson said. "She was responsible to protect him, to protect him. The choices the defendant made cost him his life."
Prien used methamphetamine for 10 to 15 years and sold it to others, the prosecutor said. …
In 2003, Prien was convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Her conviction was overturned last year, but a state appeals court did not bar prosecutors from retrying Prien. Her retrial began in April.
The blood tests showed Prien's levels were 471, within the potentially lethal range, he said, which spans from 40 to 5,000.
Her defense attorney placed the blame on Jacob, saying the infant might have licked the meth off bedsheets. And how did the meth get on the sheets?