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Edmonton mother charged with murder in methamphetamine death of newborn

A 31-year-old Edmonton mother stands accused of murdering her 11-day-old daughter, who was found to have died from a lethal dose of methamphetamine, Edmonton police said Thursday.

The charge stems from March 29, when police and paramedics learned of a baby in distress at a home near 72 Street and 83 Avenue, in the east side community of Kenilworth.

The newborn girl, who was reported to have stopped breathing, was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A week later, the medical examiner’s office contacted police with results of an autopsy and toxicology tests, which found the girl died from methamphetamine.

Despite an arrest in the case, homicide detectives still wish to speak with anyone who may have visited the girl’s home in the 11 days prior to her death.

Michelle Rice faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Police have decided to withhold the name of the victim, similar to several other homicide cases this year.

“Every file is evaluated on a case by case basis,” police said in written statement Thursday. “The EPS has decided not to release the name of the deceased in this investigation for the following reasons: it does not serve an investigative purpose, there is no risk to public safety and the EPS has a duty to protect the privacy rights of the victims and their families.”



source : Calgary SUN
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