Mother, father OD after baby’s surgery
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.