Mother is charged in death of girl who drank methadone

February 28, 1996

The mother of a 5-year-old girl who died Feb. 8 after drinking methadone was arrested at her West Baltimore home Monday night and charged yesterday with second-degree murder, police said.

Jacquelyn Turner, 28, of the 900 block of Bennett Place had told police that her daughter had drunk a cupful of the drug the morning of Feb. 7, then complained of being sleepy. Police said the mother found the girl dead the next day.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman, said earlier this month that the methadone had been bought illegally on the street, and that the mother knew the girl had ingested the drug, but authorities were not notified.

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