BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WITI) -- A 27-year-old Beaver Dam woman is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the February death of her 2-year-old son. The accused is Amanda Trost.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam police officers were dispatched to Trost’s residence on Saturday evening, Feb. 23. Trost called to report her son was not breathing. EMS arrived on the scene and attempted CPR on the child. The boy was later taken to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the boy and determined his cause of death was acute methadone intoxication.
When initially interviewed by police, the complaint says Trost indicated her son “had a hard time breathing when he was a baby, but did not have any serious issues recently.” Trost explained she had given the child some crackers and fruit snacks that Saturday afternoon — and napped with him. Trost told police she woke up around 5 p.m. and took a shower. When she was done, “she went back into the bedroom and discovered (the child) was not breathing.”
The complaint indicates Trost had been addicted to heroin for four years, but had not used since April 2014. She told police she “broke” her hip last year and was prescribed narcotics and “got really addicted to those pills.” Trost said she had to be readmitted to a rehab clinic.