A New Jersey mother has been arrested and charged with endangering a child after authorities say she passed out on top of her infant son and killed him while intoxicated.
Lumberton resident Antoinette King, 33, was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree, according to a statement from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
At around 8:30 p.m. that day, police responded to a call from King’s home after a relative found her lying on top of the child, both unresponsive, the office said. King and the child were transported to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, but while King was revived after being administered Narcan, a drug commonly used to treat opioid overdoses, her son, 13-month old Jerimiah, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
King later told police that she could not remember what happened in the hours before she was found unconscious, according to a probable cause statement for her arrest obtained by the Courier Post. Earlier that night, she drank four “airplane bottles” of alcohol and one Percocet 10 tablet before taking a cab at around 6:30 p.m. “to attempt to hang out with friends” at a motel, King reportedly told investigators. The next thing she remembered was “waking up and being told that she was just narcaned back to life,” she said, according to the outlet.
King’s mother, Gail King, told police that she found her daughter and infant grandson unresponsive after she got out of the shower that evening, the Courier Post reports. At the time of the incident, King was watching Jerimiah as well as her other son, a 5-year-old, the grandmother reportedly told police.
Authorities believe that King rolled over onto the child and suffocated him to death, NJ.com reports.
King is currently being held in the Atlantic County Jail, online records show. She is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, according to the Courier Post.
The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lumberton Township Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
[Photo: Atlantic County Jail]
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