Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 20, 2012

Mother faces charge after toddler ingests methadone pill

GRANBY, Mo. — A woman is facing murder charges after authorities believe her son ingested a methadone pill that she may have dropped in church.

Newton County sheriff’s deputies took Elizabeth A. Farnam, 33, into custody Thursday, on suspicion of having caused the death last month of her 22-month-old son, Logan Crow.

The sheriff said that when toxicology test results came back, the cause of death became more clear: an overdose of methadone.

Sheriff’s Detective Mike Barnett wrote in the affidavit that Farnam admitted that she takes methadone without a prescription.

A family member recalled that Farnam had dropped a pill in church, conducted a search for it with another woman, but nothing was found.

The underlying felony is the mother’s alleged illegal possession of the methadone, authorities said.

“Had she not been committing that crime, then the child would not have got hold of the methadone,” Prosecutor Jake Skouby said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe.

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