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Infant overdosed on meth likely ingested from her mother’s breast milk, court docs say

Her initial court date has not yet been made public

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – An Indiana woman is in custody, accused of killing her baby, who coroners say had ingested meth.

The probable cause affidavit says when 36-year old Ashlee Rans called first responders to this address, she blamed herself for rolling over her baby while asleep.

However, investigators found out that wasn’t the reason the baby died.

“The cause and manner of death were determined by the forensic pathologist and he determined the infant died of acute methamphetamine intoxication and the manner of death was homicide,” an officer said.

The autopsy happened the day after the infant died, showing both amphetamine and methamphetamine in the baby’s system.

The affidavit says Rans only admitted to using marijuana and she was aware there was a possibility of transferring the drug to her child through breast-feeding.

Only after the autopsy came out did she admit to being on meth only two days before the infant’s death.

Officers say while both charges are still under investigation, these types of accidents can be prevented.

Rans is currently in custody at the marshall county jail and faces between 20 and 40 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

Her initial court date has not yet been made public.