Mother accused of smothering baby while high, drunk

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania. – Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman under the influence of alcohol and marijuana rolled on her 2 months old son and gave, smothering him to death.

Arissa Ward, of Middletown, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the Dec. 30 the death of her son.

Court documents show 23-year-old told the police that they had been drinking alcohol and smoking pot before lying on the couch with her baby. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, says the baby had marijuana in his system from his mother in the breast milk.

Ward’s lawyer, Casey Gray Shore says he has no comments at this time.

Marsico, says co-sleeping is dangerous and deaths are on the rise. He says the province is the formation of a task force to look into the matter.

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