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Young Mom, 32, Snorted Painkillers Before Breastfeeding, Kills Newborn

Fri, September 26, 2014 3:59pm EDT by Lauren Cox 2 Comments
Mom Breastfeeds Baby Painkillers
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This is awful. A young mother allegedly crushed up and snorted painkillers before breastfeeding her newborn son, Avery. She fell asleep during the feeding, and when she woke up he was gone.

ReAnne Pederson, 32, has been accused of negligence after her alleged drug use led to the death of her 5-day-old baby boy, Avery Pederson. Reports claim the young mother of two other children allegedly snorted a heavy pain reliever before breastfeeding her son, and family members have accused her of allegedly doing drugs while she was carrying the innocent little boy in her womb.

Young Mother Accused Of Killing Newborn By Breastfeeding After Snorting Drugs

How horrible.

A 5-day-old baby stopped breathing while he was being breastfed by his mother, who allegedly crushed up hydrocodone and snorted it to get high before the feeding, reports the Daily Mail.

The mother, ReAnne, claims she fell asleep while her son was nursing, and when she woke up approximately 30 minutes later he was no longer breathing. The horrifying incident occurred at the home she shared with her son and her two other young children on June 13 in West Fargo, North Dakota.

The little boy survived on life support for less than a day before passing away. So sad.

ReAnne has since been charged with negligent homicide and faces an incredibly small sentence of up to 5 years in prison if found guilty. She plead not guilty at a court hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

ReAnne’s Family Blames Her For Avery’s Death

In an interview with the newborn’s grandmother, Lisa Miller, she explained to local news outlet Valley News that “if anything happens to him, she killed him.”

Although reports claim other family members and friends believe ReAnne may have been using drugs, including methamphetamine, while she was pregnant with Avery, the newborn’s obituary respectfully mentions her multiple times.

“Avery leaves his loving family. His mother, ReAnne Pederson, brother, Keegan Pederson and sister, Emmalynn Pederson,” the heartbreaking post reads.

Family members also included that, “We had all looked forward to having our precious Avery as our little brother, grandson, nephew and cousin. Even in his short life he touched our hearts with great love and we will miss him so very much.”

So sad. Our thoughts go out to Avery’s siblings and extended family during this difficult time.

— Lauren Cox

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