Thursday 27 October 2016

Baby dead after drinking formula laced with heroin - woman jailed for eight years

Cian Murray

Published 09/09/2016 | 12:57

A 29-year-old American woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison after her five-month-old child consumed baby formula laced with heroin.

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Massachusetts woman, Ashley Cyr, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless child endangerment on Thursday, a day after the baby's father, Ryan Barry, was sentenced to 12 years.

Baby Mya was found dead at their apartment in 2011 and a medical examiner later ruled that the cause of death was opioid poisoning.

Police at the scene found heroin and hypodermic needles in the bedroom the couple shared.

They also found a child's bottle containing opiods.

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