Baby dies from intoxication after mom gives birth unattended while she was on a whiskey bender at 34 weeks of pregnancy
Rianna Maire Cameron has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after her baby died following a 'bender' in which she drank a liter of whiskey and gave birth unattended.
MINNESOTA: A 29-year-old Minnesota woman has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after her daughter died following a "bender" in which she drank a liter of whiskey and birthed unattended.
Rianna Marie Cameron was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter for the 2018 death of her newborn daughter.
According to WCCO, the criminal complaint was filed in Hennepin County Court and stated that authorities were called to Cameron's home by the baby's father on December 30 at about 8.39 p.m. because there was an unresponsive infant in the house.
When the police arrived at the house, they found the newborn baby girl lying at the foot of a bed with her umbilical cord still attached to a disoriented Cameron. The baby was said to have turned purple and did not seem to be breathing.
Police began giving the baby life-saving measures until paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital, where she was later declared dead about an hour after the 911 call. An autopsy conducted on the baby determined that she died of "complications of acute ethanol intoxication and unsupported delivery".
The baby's blood alcohol content was said to be 0.234 – almost three times the legal limit for an adult who is driving a car. According to KSTP, a breathalyzer determined that the mother had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 half an hour after authorities arrived at her home.
In the charging document, police said that Cameron told them she had drunk about a liter of whiskey while on a "bender" and that she had started drinking at about 5 p.m. that day.
Authorities said that they found an empty 1.75-liter bottle of whiskey in her kitchen. At the time of the 2018 incident, there were two children aged two and three-years-old left unattended in the first-floor family room.
The mother was said to have "a lengthy chemical dependency and child protection history."
Since 2012, she is said to have been civilly committed for alcohol addiction three times and has been in and out of treatment.
According to WFAA, police said that they had previously spoken with Cameron twice about alcohol use in the months leading to the baby's death – on July 24 and December 15, which was just 15 days before the baby died.
When police spoke to her the second time around, she allegedly informed then that she was undergoing treatment for her alcohol addiction and that she was aware of the dangers of drinking.
Cameron could be sentenced up to ten years in prison if convicted of the second-degree manslaughter.