Heather Elam of Salmon, Idaho, faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing her 6-month-old daughter, Serenity Elmore. The baby died from a methamphetamine overdose, Lemhi County Prosecutor Bruce Withers told the Post Register.
Specifically, Elam, 25, is accused of giving the baby a lethal dose of meth, officials said. The child, Serenity Gail Elmore, died on Jan. 14, 2015.
Withers said he would not be seeking the death penalty in the case.
Elam is alleged to have, “willfully, unlawfully, deliberately, with premeditation and with malice aforethought,” murdered her infant daughter by poisoning her with a fatal dose of the drug, according to a criminal complaint.
According to East Idaho News, court records said that investigators discovered meth in a bottle of children’s Dimetapp, a cold and allergy medication, and inside a baby bottle.
Autopsy reports, the records showed, indicated that the child likely ingested meth, as it was found in her blood, stomach, and urine.
“My office responded and we believed it was SIDS,” Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman told East Idaho News. “An autopsy was performed and it was (discovered that) a lethal dose of meth (was) in the child’s stomach.”
The fatal meth dose was likely administered three to four hours before the child died, toxicologists said.
Meanwhile, a witness told police Elam was in possession of meth on the night before the child died.
Officials also found that Elam was along with the baby between 9 a.m. and noon on the day she died, and she “was the only person that could have given (the child) a lethal dose of methamphetamine.”