Long Beach Woman Sentenced to Prison for Baby Daughter's Methadone Overdose

A Long Beach woman was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in state prison for giving her 11-month-old daughter methadone, leading to her overdose and death in 2013, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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Charissa Ranee Bailey, 31, was immediately sentenced after she pleaded no contest to one felony count of willful cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury at Monday’s court appearance. She also admitted to a special allegation that she personally inflicted great bodily injury on a child under the age of five, officials stated.

On April 24, 2013, a clinic supplied Bailey with a week’s supply of methadone. She was told to keep the drug in a locked container away from children, according to the prosecutor.

“The next day, Bailey’s 11-month-old daughter was found dead from a methadone overdose,” according to Deputy District Attorney Troy Davis of the Victim Impact Program, who prosecuted the case.

Bailey, who Davis said was a drug addict at the time of the crime, had given the baby methadone to soothe her.

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) investigated the case.



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