Missouri Mom Charged After 22-Month-Old Baby Overdoses On Morphine

A Missouri woman is facing felony charges related to her 22-month-old son’s fatal drug overdose.

Lacey Kertz, 26, was arrested in Jefferson County, Mo., for child abuse or neglect resulting in death on Wednesday, seven months after the death of her youngest son, Carson Swyres, the Daily Mail reports.

An autopsy found that Carson died in October 2013 of a morphine overdose and also had amphetamines, opiates and meth in his urine after his death, according to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office. He also suffered from pneumonia.

Dr. Michael Graham performed the autopsy and said that the amount of morphine in his system would have been enough to kill an adult without a tolerance for the drug.

Kertz told authorities that she had taken methamphetamine, Vicodin, morphine and Xanax pills at their home in House Springs, before breastfeeding the baby.

She said that she also gave her son two melatonin pills to help him sleep and possibly some children’s Tylenol, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Before Kertz put her son down to sleep on Oct. 27, Carson was playing with a bottle of trazodone - which treats depression - that he had opened and dumped on to the bed. She said she tried to get him to vomit, but it was unsuccessful.

Even though the boy may have ingested the pills, Kertz did not seek medical attention, authorities reported.

At about 1:30 a.m., Kertz noted that Carson started “acting funny,” so she held him until he fell asleep.

He was found unresponsive at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28.

After his death, Children’s Division reports stated that the mobile park home was filled with trash, buckets of urine and feces, rotten food and the toilets were not working.

She also did not have prescriptions for the drugs she took, the Post-Dispatch noted.

Investigators arrested Kertz on Wednesday in Barnhart, Mo., and she is currently being held at the Jefferson County jail without bond.

Sources: Daily Mail, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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