Ge­or­gia mom smoth­ers baby dur­ing over­dose

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Steve Burns steve.burns@ajc.com

A 31-year-old woman who died from a metham­phetamine over­dose ac­ci­den­tally smoth­ered her 8-month-old son, a Chero­kee County sher­iff ’s spokesman said.

The bod­ies were found July 17 in a home on Cedar Mill Cross­ing in Acworth, sher­iff ’s spokesman Jay Baker said Fri­day in a state­ment. The woman’s 2-year-old daugh­ter was dis­cov­ered in the home un­harmed.

Au­thor­i­ties were called to the res­i­dence af­ter a fam­ily mem­ber said they hadn’t been able to get in con­tact with the woman, iden­ti­fied as Holly Whit­ley, of­fi­cials said.

“There were no ob­vi­ous in­juries to Whit­ley or her in­fant son,” Baker said.

The GBI Crime Lab com­pleted an au­topsy in July, but of­fi­cials were await­ing the re­sults of the tox­i­col­ogy re­port to de­ter­mine the cause and man­ner of death.

Of­fi­cials listed the man­ner of death for Whit­ley and her son as ac­ci­den­tal. Whit­ley’s cause of death was metham­phetamine tox­i­c­ity and the baby’s was me­chan­i­cal as­phyxia.

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