Baby ingested meth through breast milk, police say; mother arrested

Authorities in Maine have arrested a 20-year-old woman after her 7-month-old baby tested positive for methamphetamines, which police believe the child ingested through breast milk, according to multiple reports.

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Alyssa Murch, of Bangor, was arrested on charges of furnishing drugs and endangering the welfare of a child, police said Wednesday, according to the Bangor Daily News. Her arrest came more than one month after police were called to respond to a report of a baby unconscious at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, the newspaper reported.

Authorities were called to the medical center around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, where they found the 7-month-old child had regained consciousness, WCSH reported. The baby appeared to be suffering from a meth overdose and was being treated, according to the news station.

"At 7 months old, there's not a lot of ways that can happen," Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters told WVII-TV. "The investigation ultimately revealed it was delivered through breast milk."

Murch is expected to appear Feb. 20 for a hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center, the Daily News reported.

Authorities continue to investigate.

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