A Nebraska mom was “highly intoxicated” when she suffocated her 3-week-old who was sleeping in the same bed, deputies said this week.
Police arrested Ashley Bean, 35, for felony child abuse Wednesday in the death of her infant son, Axel. Bean turned herself into authorities following a 5-month investigation. Fire and rescue responded to a 911 call from Bean’s Waverly residence around 8 a.m. on Dec. 17. When they arrived, the baby was allegedly unresponsive.
An autopsy later revealed the baby died of asphyxia.
Bean drank at least six shots of tequila with a friend the night of her son’s death, resulting in a blood-alcohol level of .190, according to court papers. The mom was apparently starting to breastfeed her son when she dozed off, the news station reported.
Investigators believe Bean “knowingly and intentionally placed her infant son in a situation that endangered his life,” police said. If convicted, Bean could face up to 3 years in prison, 18 months post-release supervision or a $10,000 fine.