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Calif. mom gets 6 years in meth breast milk death

Calif. mom gets 6 years in meth breast milk death

March 21st, 2012 in News

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - A California woman whose infant son died after ingesting methamphetamine-laced breast milk has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Maggie Jean Wortman, of Humboldt County, Calif., pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors, who had said they'd otherwise pursue a murder charge.

An autopsy on 6-week-old Michael Acosta III found the baby died of "methamphetamine toxicity" on Nov. 21, 2010. Prosecutors say Wortman should have known the dangers of breastfeeding her child after using the drug.

The 27-year-old woman's attorney argued during Monday's sentencing that his client should be placed into a drug treatment program with probation, rather than prison.

But Judge Bruce Watson referred to a probation report that said Wortman has not fully taken responsibility for her son's death.