Mother Gives Infant Methadone Because She Was ‘Being Fussy’

An infant in Michigan who was reportedly “being fussy” overdosed after her mother allegedly gave her methadone, an opioid used to treat drug withdrawal symptoms. Jennifer Pickerd, 37, of Grand Rapids, was arrested after she gave her six-week-old girl 20mg of the drug “because she believed the baby was going through withdrawal after she quit breastfeeding,” WZZM reported

Authorities responded to a 911 call regarding an infant who was not breathing. The infant was revived with Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, and was released from the hospital, according to the news station. She remains in the custody of child protective services.

Pickerd was reportedly charged with second-degree child abuse and is being held on $25,000 bond.

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