An Arkansas mother of three with a long history of substance abuse problems has been arrested on felony counts of endangering the welfare of a minor following several incidents, including the death of her 3 year old daughter in a washing machine. 25-year-old Brooke Haney claims she was taking a nap on October 21st of last year with her 3-year-old daughter, Alexis, and 10-month-old Brooklyn. When she awoke, she claims Alexis was nowhere to be found. She and a neighbor later found her near lifeless body inside the family washing machine. She was pronounced dead from “scalding and thermal injuries” at a local hospital. Another of Brooke’s daughters, who has not been identified by police, says the girls often helped with laundry and it is assumed Alexis crawled into the washing maching and the door closed behind her, setting off the automatic wash cycle. Brooke Haney has admitted to taking benzodiazepine, which causes dizziness and drowsiness, at the time of her child’s death.
Prior to that fatal day, Brooke Haney had been stopped by officers who noticed her driving erratically with infant Brooklyn in the backseat. After failing sobriety tests on the scene, police found Haney in possession of pills for which she lacked a prescription. The Louisiana Department of Human Services also has an open case against her for abusing drugs while pregnant. Haney has a court appearance set for August 10th and could face up to 12 years in jail if convicted on both counts.