Daily Mail reports:
Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have charged a young mother who smoked marijuana, fell asleep, and rolled on top of her three-week-old baby daughter, causing her to suffocate.
Kayla Marie Breniser, 27, is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering a child, according to Fox 43.
On April 14 of this year, Breniser was at her home in East Petersburg, just northwest of Lancaster, when she and her three-month-old daughter, Nhaima Aly Camacho, were on a couch.
Breniser smoked marijuana and fell asleep on the same couch after her daughter had also dozed off right beside her, according to WGAL.
Breniser then rolled over and onto the infant, causing her to suffocate.
Authorities administered a blood test on Breniser soon after the baby was discovered dead and found that she had traces of marijuana in her system.
Breniser told investigators that she had smoked marijuana during the pregnancy as well as after her daughter was born.
She is due in court on November 4 for a preliminary hearing.
‘Whereas there is nothing to indicate the result was intentional, the choice to use marijuana while responsible for the life and care of a helpless infant was intentional and the price immeasurable in this case,’ District Attorney Craig Stedman said on Thursday.
The district attorney said that the potency of the marijuana ingested by Breniser contributed to her falling asleep.
‘The marijuana of 2016 is far more potent than it was years ago,’ Stedman said.
‘It causes permanent brain damage to the user and in this case resulted in the senseless and preventable death of an innocent child.’
The infant girl’s father is Nhait A. Camacho.
Breniser’s cousin, Taryn Beddick, started a GoFundMe page soliciting donations in order to raise money for a memorial.
‘There are no words to explain the pain we feel losing a child so brand new to the world,’ Beddick wrote.
‘As a mother, I feel that pain so deeply.’
‘Kayla is a beautiful young woman and an amazing mother. I wanted to set up this fundraiser for my cousin to help ease some of the burden during this difficult time.’