The Orange County Register reports that a Long Beach, Calif., woman has been charged with killing her six-week-old baby. The murder weapon? Methamphetamine in the mother's breast milk.
The baby was found dead in its crib. Neighbors were told it was a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
In a similar case, a Bakersfield, Calif., woman was convicted of child endangerment after her two-month-old son was fatally poisoned by crank-laced breast milk.
California researchers report that the infants of substance abusing mothers have an eight to 10 times greater chance of dying from SIDS.
And common sense will tell you that methamphetamine and "good parenting skills" are rarely found in the same house.
The 13th Judicial District (William E. Gibson, District Attorney General) leads the state in the production of methamphetamine. As the methamphetamine epidemic spreads, residents should expect to see increased numbers of dead babies turning up in the county morgues.
Does that scare you? It should.