Toddler ingests meth, mother charged with his death

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on July 15, 2014 at 1:14 PM

A 26-year-old Spanaway woman has been charged with manslaughter after her toddler son ingested meth and died.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Alyia Iverson, 26, with manslaughter in the first degree.

“Sad, tragic and avoidable,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Parents are supposed to protect and care for their children. When a helpless child dies from drug poisoning, there needs to be accountability.”

The Prosecutor’s Office said on Dec. 6, 2012, several people were doing drugs inside the Spanaway home where Iverson lives with her 2-year-old son. Prosecutors say Iverson saw the child drink her bong water, but she did not call 911. Instead, she swaddled the boy tightly in a blanket and placed him on the bed. The defendant said this irritated the child, and he was “pissin and moanin,” so she “cleaned up the room enough that he had his own spot on the floor.”

Prosecutors say a couple of hours later, Iverson discovered the boy was not breathing. When paramedics arrived, the victim did not have a pulse, and they could not insert an airway because the victim’s jaw was locked. He was transported to the hospital.

The emergency room physician noted that the victim’s body was stiff even though he had a temperature of 104 degrees. His pupils were fixed and dilated, he had multiple bruises, and his feet, fingers and nails were extremely dirty. Fifteen minutes later, he was pronounced dead.

According to the medical examiner, the victim died from acute methamphetamine poisoning. Toxicology reports showed that he ingested THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and enough methamphetamine to kill an adult. The toddler would have exhibited obvious signs of distress including a fever, convulsions and seizures.

Prosecutors say witnesses reported Iverson has a history of smoking meth in the presence of her children, the house was unsanitary, and the children were not properly fed and were physically abused. The victim and his sister were removed from the defendant’s home in 2011, but she was able to regain custody.

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