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Arizona mother who fed toddler meth to offset effects of methadone charged with murder

August 3, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Arizona mother who fed toddler meth to offset effects of methadone charged with murder

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Arizona authorities have charged a Phoenix mother with first-degree murder in the April death of her daughter, after giving the toddler methamphetamine to try and negate the effects of methadone the girl had ingested that she had found in an open container.

Phoenix police officials say 30-year-old Natalie Renne Russell faces one count of first-degree murder along with two additional counts of child abuse in the death of her 22-month-old daughter, Adalynn Russell, back on April 14th.

Police officers responded to the family’s Phoenix apartment around 7 p.m. to discover the toddler, who had stopped breathing. Emergency responders attempted to revive the child, but she died at the scene, according to CBS5 Arizona.

An autopsy conducted revealed the toddler had dangerous amounts of methamphetamines and methadone, a drug utilized to offset symptoms of withdrawal from opiates, in her system.

According to investigators, Russell “recklessly left a 120 mg bottle of liquid methadone in reach of her children.”

The police report shows the victim lived in the home with her mother, with Russell, and her two brothers.

Officials initially said that Russell told cops a container of methadone had spilled on the floor.

However, she changed her account of events and said around 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th, Adalynn may have consumed methadone that she had found in an open container.

Police said Russell made no attempt to “to seek medical attention for the child.”

Investigators said the woman and child laid down and fell asleep around 1 a.m.

Around 6:45 a.m., another adult female in the home found the child not breathing and called 911.

Phoenix police homicide detectives discovered Russell researched methadone overdose information online, which revealed that: “she allegedly gave the victim methamphetamines in an effort to counteract the ingestion of the methadone.”

“A witness reported Natalie told her she obtained methamphetamines to counter the effects of the methadone. The witness also observed Russell administer the methamphetamines into the child’s rectum,” according to the police report.

Investigators further revealed Russell is “an addict” who remained under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the offense.

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