A Washington state mother has been charged with manslaughter after her 2-year-old son died from an overdose of methamphetamine, authorities said.
Alyia Iverson, 26, was arrested on one count of first-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, after investigators say she watched her son, Nathan, drink water from a marijuana bong and did nothing to prevent his death in December 2012, reports The News Tribune.
Iverson was doing drugs with several people in her Spanaway home when she saw her son drink the bong water, according to court documents.
Iverson placed Nathan on the bed instead of immediately calling 911, but put him down on the floor when he started, according to her, “pissing and moaning.”
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When she checked on him a few hours later, the little boy wasn’t breathing. Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the toddler without a pulse. They couldn’t insert an airway because the victim’s jaw was locked, KING-TV reports. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
An autopsy later revealed that Nathan had ingested enough meth and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, to kill an adult.
Prosecutors say state social workers had been monitoring Iverson since 2009 after getting multiple complaints that she was treating Nathan and his sister badly.
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The children had been removed from Iverson’s home in 2011, but she ended up regaining custody.
Iverson pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in court Wednesday.
The newspaper reports that Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Iverson to stay away from children should she make bail, which has been set at $250,000.