A 23-year-old mother of five has been found guilty in connection with the death of her infant son, whose blood carried so much cocaine metabolite that it overloaded Portland laboratory equipment.
A six-man, six-woman Canyon County jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours Tuesday before convicting Maria Reyes of felony injury to a child. She will remain in the Canyon County Jail until sentencing Nov. 16.The mother faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Her 2-month-old son Fabian, born addicted to cocaine, died in April at the Caldwell apartment Reyes and her teenage sister, Rosa, shared with their children.
Hospital officials had tried to avoid sending the baby directly home after his birth. However, communication broke down between county and state agencies. Fabian went home. Less than two months later, he died.
The death first was ascribed to sudden infant death syndrome until test results revealed the baby succumbed to a massive cocaine overdose.
Third District Judge Jim Doolittle scheduled sentencing Nov. 16.
The case was the first of its kind in the state. In the past, the charge of felony injury to child has been applied mainly in child-abuse cases.
"It's a good verdict," said Canyon County Prosecutor Richard Harris. "It's a correct verdict."