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Mother Gives Daughter Meth To Counteract Methadone

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An Arizona woman is under arrest after allegedly giving her baby daughter methamphetamine in a bid to counteract the methadone her daughter found and ingested.  

AZ Family reports that 30-year-old Natalie Renne Russell faces first-degree murder charges in the death of her nearly two-year-old daughter, Adalynn.  Phoenix police were called to an apartment after the child had stopped breathing. 

When paramedics arrived, they tried to revive Adalynn, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Natalie claims that she allegedly spilled her methadone bottle on the floor, and Adalynn ingested some before she could clean them up.  But according to police, Natalie "recklessly left a 120 mg bottle of liquid methadone in reach of her children."  

Methadone is a drug used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in people who are addicted to opiates. 

Police say Natalie "took no action to seek medical attention for the child."  Instead, they claim that she went out to purchase meth in order to 'counteract' the effects of the methadone drug.  

According to Luxury Rehabs, Methadone is an "opioid of synthetic origin that works as a remedy for bodily pains and chemical dependency."  However, if methadone interacts with other drugs, the effects can become aggravated, and in some cases even lethal.  

The police report stated that “a witness reported Natalie told her that she was going to get methamphetamines to counter the effects of the methadone. The same witness observed Natalie administer the methamphetamines into the child's rectum."

Natalie Russell has been arrested and booked on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse. 

Sources: AZ Family, Luxury Rehabs / Photo credit: Maricopa County Superior Court, Legacy via AZ Family

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