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Mom Faces Charges For Death Of Second Baby

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A Michigan mother was arrested on Jan. 9 on murder charges after the death of a second infant in five years.

Lisa Rae Bryan, 33, is charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and obstruction of justice after her nearly 1-month-old daughter, Isabella Powrozek, died in November 2016, reports WPBN.

Isabella was born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a condition that develops after the mother takes drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy.

After her birth, the baby was transferred to another medical center. Although Isabella was discharged, she died 36 hours later.

Authorities say she was found unresponsive while in the care of her mother.

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Bryan was repeatedly questioned by the police. While she gave them a variety of responses, the mother eventually admitted she held the baby close to her chest while sleeping in a bed.

"Unfortunately, a young infant was tragically killed and what will happen now is it will be up to the judicial system to determine the outcome of this case," Sheriff Peter Wallin said. "Unfortunately a sad thing happened, but it was good work on my deputies to gather all this information, because it took a lot of work to put it all together."

Bryan is due back in Emmet County District Court for a probable cause conference on Jan. 24 and a preliminary hearing on Jan. 31, reports MLive.

It's the second time Bryan has faced criminal charges after one of her children died.

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In 2011, Bryan was sentenced to four years in prison for second-degree manslaughter after her 50-day-old baby drowned to death in Oklahoma. However, she only served roughly 15 months before being released.

News of the incident sparked debate on the internet.

"How many more babies have to die before Hospitals say 'Enough IS enough' and refuse to allow drug addled parents and newborns born with drugs in their systems to go home with the poor wee ones?!?" wrote one person on the Daily Mail's comments section. "If the 'mother' couldn't love her baby enough in utero, knowing just what the drugs were doing to a developing baby, what makes these people think that the 'mother' will actually give a care about the wee one once it is born?? Spay this druggie."

However, some defended her.

"It has nothing to do with how much she loved her baby in utero," said one reader. "Addiction is a disease and needs treatment as such. You can't love away Diabetes, you treat it."

"We don't even try to help the mentally ill," chimed in a reader on MLive's comments section.

Sources: WPBNMLive, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Erik Strack/Flickr / Embedded Images: United States Department Of Justice via Wikimedia Commons, Evan-Amos/Wikimedia Commons

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