ORCHARD BEACH, Md. (WGHP) -- A 17-year-old and her mother are being held without bail following the death of a 9-month-old, WJZ reports.
Alexus Taylor, 17, and her mother Laurie Taylor, 44, are facing life in prison after Taylor’s 9-month-old son died of a heroin overdose in July.
An autopsy showed that the infant had fentanyl and morphine in his blood. Further testing also confirmed he had ingested heroin.
Laurie Taylor “deliberately chose not to seek medical treatment” for the 9-month-old even though she thought he may have swallowed heroin, prosecutors say.
Pre-trial services told the court on Friday that Alexus is pregnant again.
Alexus Taylor is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in death, second-degree child abuse, manslaughter and reckless endangerment, WJZ reports. Laurie Taylor was charged with the same charges in the homicide and was also charged with two counts of reckless endangerment regarding her minor child, Alexus.