Mother Arrested After Baby Dies from Acute Methamphetamine Intoxication

(PLYMOUTH) – A Plymouth woman is behind bars after an autopsy showed her infant died of acute methamphetamine intoxication.

Police arrested 36-year-old Ashlee Rans on two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Rans called first responders to her Plymouth home after finding her baby dead. She told investigators she had rolled over on the baby while she was asleep.

But that was not the reason why the baby died. According to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier, a forensic pathology determined the infant died from acute methamphetamine intoxication and the death was ruled a homicide.

Both amphetamine and meth were found in the baby’s system.

Officials say Rans originally admitted to using marijuana and said she was aware of passing methamphetamine to the child through breastfeeding.

Rans reportedly later admitted to using meth two days before the baby’s death.

Rans is being currently being held without bond at the Marshall County Jail.

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