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'Highly Intoxicated' Mother Killed Baby While Breastfeeding: Police

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Washington County Sheriff's Office
Washington County Sheriff's Office

A "highly intoxicated" mother passed out while breastfeeding her 2-month-old baby, killing the child, according to police.

Law enforcement authorities say the baby was found unresponsive underneath 22-year-old Yadina Indira Morales on Saturday morning, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Just before 7 a.m. Washington County sheriff's deputies were called to the house in Hagerstown, Md., about 70 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. The baby was pronounced dead at the Mertius Medical Center, where Morales was also examined before being booked and charged, according to the Associated Press.

Morales has been charged with manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and reckless endangerment, among other charges. Court records show Morales posted bail and was released from detention on Saturday, ABC2 reports.

The Baltimore Sun found records of a previous incident involving one of Morales' children:

Last year, a man Morales identified as her boyfriend was charged with child abuse after another child, Morales' then-2-year-old daughter, was brought to a hospital with fractured ribs and other injuries, according to a 2012 story in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. Maryland online judicial records indicate Daniel Keith Edmonds ultimately registered an Alford plea -- not admitting guilt but acknowledging there was sufficient evidence to find him guilty -- to a lesser, second-degree assault charge.

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