Mother, father OD af­ter baby’s surgery

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

birm­ing­ham, ala. » Mary Ann and Wes­ley Lan­ders posted a so­cial me­dia up­date thisweek say­ing their 7- month- old daugh­ter’s surgery for a con­gen­i­tal throat prob­lem was a suc­cess.

Fam­ily mem­bers and friends, in­clud­ing Tracey Bice, were re­lieved and thrilled.

Their ex­cite­ment turned to dis­be­liefThurs­day, when au­thor­i­ties found Mary Ann Lan­ders un­con­scious from an ap­par­ent heroin over­dose in the girl’s hos­pi­tal room at Cincin­nati Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Her hus­band, Wes­ley, was found un­con­scious in the bath­room, also of an ap­par­ent over­dose.

Mary Ann Lan­ders later died; Wes­leyLan­der­swas re­vived and ar­rested on drug and weapons charges af­ter au­thor­i­ties said they found a loaded gun in his pocket.

Mary Ann Lan­ders never used drugs, as far as friends and fam­ily knew, and she mar­ried Wes­ley Lan­ders only be­cause he cleaned him­self up af­ter drug abuse that played a role in his di­vorce fro­man­other woman in 2010, Bice said.

No chargeswere filed im­me­di­ately in the death of the 31- year- old­woman, who also has a 3- year- old daugh­ter, but a grand jury could re­view the case.

Court doc­u­ments say Wes­ley Lan­ders, 32, ofTrin­ity, Ala., was found with a loaded .22- cal­iber hand­gun in his pants pocket and with a heroin sy­ringe in his arm and sy­ringe nee­dles strewn on the sink of a hos­pi­tal bath­room.

Born last spring, the cou­ple’s daugh­ter was soon di­ag­nosed as hav­ing a prob­lem with her tra­chea that re­quired surgery, Bice said. Mary Ann Lan­ders quit her job at a bank to care for the girl, and her hus­band con­tin­ued­work­ing as aman­ager at a man­u­fac­tur­ing plant to sup­port the fam­ily.

Early this week the cou­ple trav­eled to Cincin­nati for the surgery, which was per­formedWed­nes­day.

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