Redding couple charged after 5-day-old dies from drug overdose

May 8, 2015 1:54 PM by News Staff

A Redding mother and her boyfriend have been charged in their 5-day-old baby's death after investigators found levels of methamphetamine in the infant's system that could have killed an adult.

According to the Redding Police Department, authorities responded a medical call at a local hotel room on November 3, 2014. When they arrived, Daylon Michael Reed, 21, and Heather Rose Brown, 21, said their 5-day-old baby had stopped breathing.

The child was taken to Mercy Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Subsequent tests showed the baby had toxic levels of Methamphetamine.

Police say the investigation into Reed and Brown actually began on October 30, 2014, five days before the child's death, when officers were called to a different Redding hotel and found a room that appeared to have been used to deliver a baby. Reed and Brown rented the room, but had already checked out.

After the child was found dead in another hotel room, officers searched the room, and found heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, and drug paraphernalia.

Reed and Brown were taken to the Redding Police Department for questioning, and both admitted they had rented the first room for the child's birth, because they feared if they went to a hospital, the child would be taken from them.

Reed and Brown also told investigators that in the days leading up to the child's death, it looked like she was suffering from withdrawals. To combat the withdrawals, Brown allegedly continued to use heroin and meth while breastfeeding.

An autopsy conducted on November 5 showed that the child died from heroin and methamphetamine addiction and additionally found the baby had "postpartum drug withdrawal symptoms, neonatal jaundice, dehydration and florid diaper rash."

The doctor who performed the autopsy also told investigators that the level of methamphetamine in the baby could be toxic, even in an adult.

On Wednesday, Redding police arrested Reed and Brown at a home in Mountain Gate. Both were booked into the Shasta County Jail on unrelated drug charges, and on Thursday they were charged with the murder of their daughter.


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