A Nebraska mom could end up in prison for smothering her 3-week-old son. According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the 34-year-old turned herself in last week, five months after the death of the child. The police report indicates that the woman was drinking on the night of her son’s death.
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Last week, 34-year-old Ashley Bean was taken into custody and charged with child abuse.
According to Captain Ben Houchin of Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the woman turned herself in on Wednesday, confessing to the accidental death of Axel, her 3-week-old son.
Based on police documents. Mrs. Bean has been under police scrutiny since December.
Captain Houchin said that on the 17th of December 2017, the Nebraska mom dialed 911 to report that her son stopped breathing.
After responders failed to resuscitate the child, he was airlifted to Omaha’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Death was pronounced several hours later. An autopsy ruled Axel’s death as a homicide.
According to Bean’s affidavit, on the night of Axel’s death, his mother consumed a large amount of alcohol before returning home. Mrs. Bean told the authorities that she breastfed her son that night.
At one point, she realized that the child was no longer breathing, panicked, and called 911. A field sobriety test indicated that Bean’s blood alcohol level was .190.
During a recent press conference, Captain Houchin declared that the Nebraska mom intentionally asphyxiated her child.
Furthermore, the Sherriff’s Office captain clarified that it was never a co-sleeping issue.
Following Mrs. Bean’s confession, she was arrested and charged with child abuse.
If sentenced, she could serve up to three years in prison and 18 months supervision. The Nebraska mom could also be ordered to pay a $10,000 fine in addition to the prison time.
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