Meth-y Mom Charged in 2009 Death of Child; Baby Overdosed On (You Guessed it) Meth

Most people don't do meth. Most people don't let their 9-month-old kid die from a meth overdose. Most people don't then give birth to another child with a circulatory system full of meth.

By those standards, Veronica Marie Linares allegedly doesn't qualify as "most people."

Glendale police say Linares, 23, has been avoiding police since her 9-month-old child died from a meth overdose in September 2009.

That is, until they arrested her in a Phoenix apartment Wednesday afternoon.

Police say on September 18, 2009, paramedics responded to Linares' apartment near West Glendale and North 67th Avenues in Glendale, where they found her 9-month-old child unresponsive.

The child was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy of the child from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner revealed not only did she ingest a lethal dose of meth, but also had a wad of paper lodged in her esophagus.

A police investigation revealed that when the child was born she had a high concentration of meth in her system. She was turned over to a foster family until Linares took the child back a week before her death.

A report from Child Protective Services says Linares "made statements about never wanting the child, and wishing the child was dead."

Soon after the death of that child, police say Linares gave birth to another baby, who was also filled with meth.

That child was taken by the state and placed into the care of other family members. Linares, meanwhile, hit the road.

Police made multiple attempts to track down Linares before locating her at her apartment near North 4th Avenue and West Camelback Road in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Linares was brought to the Glendale police headquarters, where she told police she had been visiting to-and-from Mexico to avoid police, and noted she has been meth addict since she was 15.

When asked how her child died, Linares said and that she kept her meth stash in the same drawer as snacks for the 9-month-old kid, and the child probably mistook the meth for food.

Linares was booked into the Maricopa County Jail, and is facing charges of second-degree murder as well as child abuse.

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Matthew Hendley
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