Toddler dies after being given methamphetamine to counter methadone

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PHOENIX, AZ (WCMH) – An Arizona mom is accused of killing her 22-month-old daughter by giving her methamphetamine to counteract the methadone the child accidentally swallowed.

The Arizona Republic reported that on April 14, Adalynn Russell died with toxic levels of methamphetamine and methadone in her system.

Last week, the child’s mother, 30-year-old Natalie Russell was arrested and charged with murder and child abuse.

Natalie Russell told investigators Adalynn may have consumed methadone from an open container.

Investigators told the paper that Natalie Russell had researched methadone overdose information online before giving the child methamphetamines.

KPNX reported that Natalie Russell never sought medical attention for Adalynn. Another woman in the home discovered her not breathing and called 911.

Russell’s two other children were taken by the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

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