Drug addict mum accidentally kills her 8-month-old baby before dying from meth overdose
A Cherokee County woman died of a meth overdose and smothered her 8-month-old son in the process, according to the sheriff's office
According to a Georgia sheriff's office, a 31-year-old mother accidentally smothered and killed her infant son before dying from a methamphetamine overdose. Jay Baker, a spokesman for Cherokee County, revealed that Holly Whitley and her eight-month-old son Alex Fuentes were found in their residence in Acworth on July 17.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Whitley's two-year-old daughter was placed under the supervision of family members after she was found unharmed in the home. Family members had been unable to reach her, and so they called local law enforcement authorities to check on her.
Officials were waiting for the results of a toxicology report to determine the actual cause of death after an autopsy was conducted by the GBI Crime Lab in July. While Whitley succumbed to a meth overdose, her son was said to have died from mechanical asphyxia. That said, authorities concluded that both deaths were accidental, Daily Mail reports.
Explaining the incident, Baker said, "In layman's terms, Ms. Whitley died from a lethal amount of methamphetamine in her system. Her body came to rest on top of her infant, which caused the child to smother, leading to his death."
Nonetheless, the other child is being raised by Mario, Whitley's fiance, according to a GoFundMe page set up by a close friend. The page has raised $4,200 out of a goal of $15,000 until now, with all proceeds aimed at securing their future.
"On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the world lost two, beautiful souls," Amanda Celmer said. "Holly Whitley and her son Alex Fuentes, a mother and child were called home, by Jesus. Holly leaves behind her fiance, Mario, and their daughter Ava. They leave behind many, of whom, will miss them, very much. Holly was my childhood best friend, I'm creating this memorial fund, as a token of my appreciation, for many years of memories.
"All donations will go directly to Mario and Ava. Mario is understandably not working, at this time. He will be taking time off to grieve appropriately and to care for their daughter, who I'm certain is very sad and confused. The donations will be put towards the cost of the funerals for Holly and Alex. The donations will be used to help this family cover the cost of living, as they adjust to what's become their new normal.
"Covering the cost of a single funeral can be financially challenging. This family must now, bear the cost of two. Please donate if you can, any little bit will be of help. If you are not able to contribute financially, I ask that you share this memorial fundraiser, with friends and family. Mario and Ava have quite the road, ahead of them. My hope is to take some financial strain off of Mario, as he and Ava, try to move forward. Please keep the Whitley and Fuentes families in your thoughts and prayers."