EUREKA – A Northern California woman whose infant son died after ingesting methamphetamine-laced breast milk has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Maggie Jean Wortman, of Humboldt County, pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors, who had said they’d otherwise pursue a murder charge.

An autopsy on 6-week-old Michael Acosta III found that the baby died of “methamphetamine toxicity” on Nov. 21, 2010. Prosecutors say Wortman should have known the dangers of breastfeeding her child after using the drug.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that the 27-year-old woman’s attorney argued during Monday’s sentencing that his client should be placed into a drug treatment program with probation, rather than prison.

But Judge Bruce Watson referred to a probation report that said Wortman has not fully taken responsibility for her son’s death.

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Comments (3)
  1. PLW says:

    Her baby is the victim here…….. She is RESPONSIBLE for his death and should pay the penalty for his death….

  2. d says:

    who would of thought that a meth addic would be willing to breast feed her baby when so many women will make excuses for not breat feeding, eventhough doctors will tell you that it’s rare that a women can’t produce enough milk for her infant. This lady should of stuck to formula

  3. tiffany says:

    She probably breast fed because formula is extremely expensive and she wanted to save money to buy drugs instead.